Australian of The Year 2021

Grace-Tame

The 26-year-old who helped lead the fight to overturn a law preventing sexual assault survivors from speaking out has been named the Australian of the Year for 2021.

At 15, Grace Tame was groomed and raped by her 58-year-old teacher at a private girls’ school in Hobart.

Her abuser was jailed for his crimes, but Ms Tame was not able to speak about her experience publicly under Tasmania’s sexual assault victim gag laws, despite the perpetrator and media being free to do so.

She became the hidden face and catalyst of the #LetHerSpeak campaign, a victim who could not be shown or named in the media.

Along with some of her campaign partners, Ms Tame applied to the Supreme Court for the right to publicly self-identify as a rape survivor and won, before going on to advocate for others.

Her work has focused on helping others understand how grooming works, and to break down stigmas associated with sexual assault.

“Grace has demonstrated extraordinary courage, using her voice to push for legal reform and raise public awareness about the impacts of sexual violence,” the Australian of the Year awards panel said in a statement.

“She is a regular guest speaker for high-profile events and television programs and uses her media profile to advocate for other vulnerable groups in the community.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-25/2021-australian-of-the-year-award-recipients-named/13089884

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