Grace endured horrific teenage experiences. Her abuser then bragged about it on social media. A Tasmanian law prohibiting publication of information identifying survivors of sexual assault drove her to spearhead #Let Her Speak. That campaign demanded changes to section 194k of the evidence act in Tasmania to give victims the right to tell their story.
On March 3, Grace addressed the National Press Club. She used the public platform to call for a national approach on sex abuse and consent. Her nationally televised speech warned people about the dangers of grooming and the six ‘red flags’ associated with it. Her message was clear. “It is so important for our nation, the whole world, in fact, to listen to survivors’ stories. Whilst they’re disturbing to hear, the reality of what goes on behind closed doors is more so. The more details we omit for fear of disturbance, the more we soften these crimes, the more we shield perpetrators from the shame that is resultantly misdirected to their targets”.
The National Press Club address also contained advice on the way the media treats victims. Speaking to a room packed with journalists, Grace explained that listening to survivors is one thing. However, repeatedly expecting people to relive their trauma on the media’s terms without consent or without prior warning, is another.
Some things to note. Firstly, the event commences at 7.00am and upon arrival you can enjoy danishes and fruit platters. There will also be unlimited tea and coffee. Then, before official proceedings start at 7.30am, you’ll be able to take advantage of the Breakfast Buffet. Choose from toasted sourdough, scrambled eggs, smoked bacon, chipolata sausage, grilled spiced tomato and sautéed mushrooms. Then at 7.30am you will hear from the major sponsor. Following that, our special guest speaker Grace Tame will deliver her address. The TasICT Breakfast Networking Event ends at 8.30am. You can enjoy the function and still make it to work on time. Local parking restrictions at Blundstone Arena apply after 9.00am. You need not worry about overstaying your welcome.