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.”