Following her courtroom victory on Monday, America's sweetheart, Taylor Swift has donated a large sum of money to Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation for survivors of sexual assault. A jury found former radio DJ, David Mueller guilty for sexually assaulting the pop star after an emotional weeklong trial. While the amount of money donated has not been disclosed, the foundation's CEO confirmed that Swift made an "extremely generous financial investment in the movement to end sexual violence."

Swift's donation adds another link in the chain of her friendship with Hargitay. The pop star named her cat Olivia Benson after Hargitay's Law and Order: SVU character.

Speaking of Swift's generous donation in a public statement, Hargitay said: "I hope that Taylor's very public experience-and her decision to speak out-not only helps empower other victims to speak up and take action, but offers them solidarity. I'm honored by her dedication and commitment to these issues, and I'm deeply grateful for her support of the Joyful Heart Foundation."

Harigitay founded the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004. The foundation has become a leading organisation, helping to heal, educate and empower sexual assault survivors. Despite her trial victory, Swift elected to receive only US$1 out of solidarity for sexual assault survivors, as opposed to the US$3 million that plaintiff David Mueller was pursuing.

"I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society, and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this," Swift said in a statement. "My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organisations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."

 Taylor Swift's HUGE donation to survivors of sexual assault