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Grace Tame’s has been named Australian of the Year for 2021.

Tasmanian sexual assault survivor Grace Tame named 2021 Australian of the Year Tasmanian sexual assault survivor Grace Tame named 2021 Australian of the Year

Grace Tame, who helped lead the fight to overturn a law preventing sexual assault survivors from speaking out, has been named Australian of the Year for 2021.

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

Assisted by the campaign, 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.

Tame on Monday night said: “When we share, we heal.”

“Yes, discussion of child sexual abuse is uncomfortable but nothing is more uncomfortable than the abuse itself,” the 26-year-old said after receiving the award.

“Let us redirect this discomfort to where it belongs – at the feet of perpetrators of these crimes. Together, we can redefine what it means to be a survivor. Together, we can end child sexual abuse. Survivors, be proud, our voices are changing history.”

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