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Australia Sexual assault survivor and advocate Grace Tame named 2021 Australian of the Year

11:55  25 january  2021
11:55  25 january  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Grace Tame has been named the 2021 Australian of the Year at an awards ceremony at the national arboretum in Canberra on Monday night. Tasmania’s Evidence Act forbade sexual assault victims from speaking about their experiences, while media outlets and perpetrators were able to.

Tasmania's Grace Tame has been crowned Australian of the Year for her advocacy and campaign work for survivors of sexual assault . The 26- year -old was presented with the award at a ceremony in Canberra on Monday evening, marking the first time a Tasmanian has won the title. Ms Tame wants a

a person posing for the camera: Grace Tame's work with the #LetHerSpeak campaign led to Tasmania's Government amending the law. (Supplied: Salty Dingo) © Provided by ABC NEWS Grace Tame's work with the #LetHerSpeak campaign led to Tasmania's Government amending the law. (Supplied: Salty Dingo)

The 26-year-old who helped lead the fight to overturn a law preventing sexual assault survivors from speaking out has been named the Australian of the Year for 2021.

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

Her abuser was jailed for his crimes, but Ms Tame was not able to speak about her experience publicly under Tasmania's sexual assault victim gag laws, despite the perpetrator and media being free to do so.

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Grace Tame was just 15 when she became the sexual target of her maths teacher, more than 40 He has since been jailed for rape and grooming, but Tasmanian Ms Tame 's battle has continued as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault . Tasmanian Australian of the Year - Grace Tame .

Tasmanian Australian of the Year Grace Tame says she shares the award with all survivors of sexual abuse. Alongside journalist and anti- sexual assault advocate Nina Funnell, she created the Ms Tame has been named 2021 Tasmanian Australian of the Year . In an emotional speech

She became the hidden face and catalyst of the #LetHerSpeak campaign, a victim who could not be shown or named in the media.

Along with some of her campaign partners, 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.

Her work has focused on helping others understand how grooming works, and to break down stigmas associated with sexual assault.

"Grace has demonstrated extraordinary courage, using her voice to push for legal reform and raise public awareness about the impacts of sexual violence," the Australian of the Year awards panel said in a statement.

"She is a regular guest speaker for high-profile events and television programs and uses her media profile to advocate for other vulnerable groups in the community."

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Advocate အဖြစ်ဆောင်ရွက်လျက်ရှိပြီး #LetHerSpeak campaigner တစ်ဦးလည်းဖြစ်တဲ့ Grace Tame Since 1960, the Australian of the Year Awards have recognised the achievements and contributions of eminent Australians who are role models for us all.

Grace Tame 's personal experience sparked the #LetHerSpeak campaign, which aimed to challenge laws preventing victims of sexual assault from publicly Young woman who was preyed on at school by her maths teacher is named Tasmanian Australian of the Year for fighting for the rights of sexual

Top End's first Aboriginal teacher recognised

A passion for art and education led the Senior Australian of the year for 2021 to a career as an educator and activist.

In 1975, Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann AM became the Northern Territory's first fully qualified Aboriginal teacher, becoming a principal in her community of Nauiyu, 143 kilometres south-west of Darwin.

She visited schools through the Top End as an art consultant for the Department of Education, advocating for the inclusion of visual art as part of every child's education.

Dr Ungunmerr-Baumann, 69, is also a renowned writer, public speaker, activist and artist.

She has served on the National Indigenous Council and founded the Miriam Rose Foundation to drive reconciliation at a grassroots level, and bridge the divide between Aboriginal culture and mainstream society.

It is the third time Dr Ungunmerr-Baumann has been nominated for an Australian of the Year award.

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Sexual abuse survivors in the NT are not allowed to speak to the media. Journalists face up to six Unlike other Australian jurisdictions, "gag laws" in the Northern Territory prevent sexual assault Despite years of campaigning for change, Nina Funnell, creator of the #LetHerSpeak campaign, said

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"Through her professional and creative life, Miriam-Rose has remained dedicated to maintaining the cultural independence of her people and being a spokesperson for the Aboriginal worldview," the judging panel said.

Isobel Marshall honoured for charity tackling period poverty

Millions of girls and young women around the world face period poverty, which often forces them to drop out of school.

For South Australia's Young Australian of the Year Isobel Marshall, that reality is unacceptable.

At 18, the now 22-year-old crowdfunded $56,000 in 2018, alongside Eloise Hall, and established the charity TABOO, a brand of ethically sourced organic pads and tampons.

All TABOO's net profits are sent to its charity partner (One Girls) in Sierra Leone and Uganda, where they are used to fight period poverty.

Locally, Isobel and TABOO have partnered with Vinnies Women's Crisis centre, providing free access to pads and tampons for women who require emergency accommodation in South Australia.

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"We met girls who walk three hours everyday to get to school with nothing but dirty rags to soak up the blood and dealing with period cramps but nothing to help the pain," she said.

"We met girls who had dropped out of school at 13 because of their gender and biology."

At the ceremony, Ms Marshall called on others to assist in fighting on behalf of young women and girls.

"The reality is that 30 per cent of girls in developing countries still drop out of school because of menstruation," she said.

Local Hero advocates for migrants facing domestic violence

Rosemary Kariuki emigrated from Kenya to Sydney in 1999, carrying only a few hundred dollars, some clothes, and gifts for strangers.

She made her first friend at the airport — an Ethiopian woman who was dropping off a friend for a flight — who listened to her story about escaping tribal wars and domestic violence.

But her first years in Australia proved lonely, motivating her to go on to support other refugees who were also struggling due to isolation.

That work has earned her the title of Australia's Local Hero for 2021 at a ceremony in Canberra this evening.

Now the multicultural community liaison officer for the Parramatta Police, Ms Kariuki specialises in helping migrants who are facing domestic violence, language barriers and financial distress.

For the past 15 years, she has used social setups like morning teas, dinners, dances and road trips to build trust across various cultural groups.

"[After] fleeing Kenya alone in 1999 to escape family abuse and tribal clashes, her early years in Australia were terribly lonely," the judging panel said.

"Her experience helped Rosemary recognise that isolation is a huge issue for many migrant women.

"So [she] devised ways to help women leave their house and meet women in similar circumstances."

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