Updated: Oct 12, 2021
There's something I want to tell you.
On Australia Day I watched Grace Tame’s acceptance speech as Australian of the Year and I was overcome. I was in awe of her courage. Grace was sexually abused as a teenager, the perpetrator was convicted, but the the law in Tasmania stopped Grace (but not her perpetrator) from talking publicly about her experience. The law made her trauma “invisible”. However Grace used her experience to help others by becoming a driving force behind #letherspeak and changing the law to allow the victims of abuse to publicly tell their story. Through her courage, resilience and persistence, Grace made the trauma of child sexual abuse visible.
In my own way, I can truly empathise with Grace’s feelings of invisibility. Here is my story…