Grace Tame coming to Perth for Business Chicks event

She once had to fight to speak — now Grace Tame is the voice of a generation.

And the 2021 Australian of the Year will bring her powerful message to Perth next week.

The tireless advocate for survivors of sexual assault and child sex abuse is set to address hundreds at Crown Perth on June 17 for an event in partnership with Business Chicks.

At recent Eastern States dates, Tame drew standing ovations from the crowd as she told of her brave quest to give a platform to fellow assault survivors.

She was just 15 when she was groomed and raped by her 58-year-old maths teacher.

While he was jailed for his crimes, Tasmania’s archaic Evidence Act meant Tame was gagged from speaking about her ordeal even though her abuser was free to participate in interviews and even bragged about his crimes on social media.

The now 26-year-old fought for almost a decade to have her name made public, helping launch the #LetHerSpeak campaign in 2019, and she eventually won the court order that year.

Tame has not wasted a moment since, giving agenda-setting addresses at the National Press Club and Women’s Rally among a host of other accolades and achievements.

Most recently, the activist was named among Time magazine’s global Next Generation Leaders, where she said her goal was for her work to become “obsolete”.

“I do not regret speaking out, I never will regret speaking out,” Tame said.

“It’s no more my responsibility than it is any other human being’s responsibility to be there and support other human beings.”

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Tame, who hails from Tasmania, has maintained that silence is often what can perpetuate acts of child sexual assault.

“Predators thrive in silence,” she told Time.

“Our best learning resource is history — when you erase history, when you silence history, you enable evil.”

Tickets for Business Chicks Presents: Grace Tame Perth are available via businesschicks.com.

Originally published asGrace Tame to bring her passion to Perth

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