SOME 11 years ago this bright eyed, bushy tailed 16-year-old, took her first eager steps into the world of work.

Every Saturday from 9-5, it was my job to man the local Post Office' shop. I was undeniably spoilt in the role, with endless cups of tea, friendly staff and catching up on the latest gossip from the town's resident OAP population. My first foray into employment is one I still look back on fondly.

In the 10 years since then there have been weekend retail jobs, media internships and work experience, taking me right up to my current role as a features writer.

Now at the age of 27, I like to think that whilst there is still much to learn, I've seen a lot and come to recognise the trials and tribulations of workplace life. It hasn't always been rosy, but nor has there been any real cause for concern.

Where I consider myself to be hugely lucky, is that never have I experienced any form of sexual harassment in the workplace: many others sadly do not have this same experience.

After pop star Taylor Swift won a civil case against an ex-DJ last week, the issue of sexual harassment has been placed front and centre in the media. Swift alleged the DJ grabbed her bottom after putting his hand under her skirt during a pre concert photo opportunity in 2013.

Whilst the incident occurred four years ago, it only become public in 2015 when the radio personality filed a defamation lawsuit against the popstar after her team reported the groping claim to his radio station and he lost his job.

Swift sued for all of $1, sending a clear signal that this was not about money, but justice.

Her testimony was gutsy and unflinching. Not once did she allow the narrative to be shifted or the blame redirected. She has also since pledged to help organisations that help defend sexual assault victims, recognising her privilege being able to afford the legal fees to counter sue.

Whilst her court victory may be one small step for woman, it's one giant leap for womankind. Swift was fulfilling work duties when the incident occurred, and no one should have to fear sexual assault at work or anywhere.

For victims of sexual assault the message that emanates from this case is one of positivity and hope - you will be heard, we will not tolerate assault.

In 2016 research from the Trades Union Congress and the Everyday Sexism Project, they found that 52 per cent of women had experienced unwanted behaviour at work including groping, sexual advances and inappropriate jokes. For women and girls aged 16-24, this figure rose to 63 per cent.

When I think to back to my first job aged 16 and the happy memories and pride I felt getting my first pay slip, I sincerely hope young girls starting out are allowed the same.

If we can shine a light on sexual abuse in the workplace and demand that victims' are heard and listened to, we send a powerful message that we will not stand for abuse and it will not be tolerated.

Whilst like Taylor Swift we can shake off some things, we will not shake off abuse.