Welcome to Season 2 of The Grace Tales podcast
Trigger warning: Before listening to this podcast, please be aware that it contains descriptions of childhood rape and sexual assault.
In January of this year, an extraordinary young woman and sexual abuse survivor named Grace Tame was awarded Australian of the Year. And while there’s likely not a single person in Australia who now hasn’t heard her story, it wasn’t always this way. Yes, her story had already been told by many people – journalists, commentators and even the maths teacher who groomed and molested her when she was just 15 – yet Grace had never been able to publicly speak out and was known by the pseudonym Jane Doe. By law, she was silenced.
The sexual-assault victim gag laws that existed in Tasmania, Victoria and the Northern Territory meant that Grace wasn’t allowed to tell her story – as the victim, she was prevented from ever speaking about her experience, even if she wanted to.
Grace’s silenced sparked a fierce determination in her. She wanted to make real change. She wanted to give others the chance to speak up. Her case was the catalyst for the #letherspeak campaign which was created by journalist Nina Funnell. In 2019, Grace along with 16 other survivors of the #letherspeak campaign, succeeded in overturning Tasmania’s archaic gag law. Their advocacy has resulted in 4 law changes across 3 jurisdictions. Grace was no longer silenced. She could speak. And so too, can other victims of sexual abuse.
On International Women’s Day 2021, Grace took part in AllBright’s 24 hour global Step Forward Summit, sharing with AllBright her journey of standing up, fighting for what she believed it, and overcoming unthinkable trauma.
In this conversation, we talk about:
- What it felt like for Grace not being able to control her own story – and what it felt like to finally be able to speak.
- Ways in which some ways perpetrators will try and silence their victims.
- Grace’s advice to young women and men out there who are being bullied for something that isn’t their fault.
- What it’s like battling with an eating disorder and how important it is to know you’re not alone.
- The momentous moment Grace won a marathon, 10 years after her abuse.
- Healing from trauma.
- What being awarded Australian of The Year 2021 means to Grace.
About AllBright Australia
Have you heard the news? AllBright – the leading global women’s networking platform founded by former Hearst CEO Anna Jones and Love Home Swap co-founder Debbie Wosskow OBE – has landed in Australia, and we’re thrilled that The Grace Tales is now powered by AllBright.
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