Grace Tame

Advocate for survivors of sexual assault and #LetHerSpeak campaigner

TASState RecipientAustralian of the Year2021

Grace Tame is an outspoken advocate for survivors of sexual assault, particularly those who were abused in institutional settings.

From age 15, Grace was groomed and raped by her 58-year-old maths teacher, who was found guilty and jailed for his crimes. However, under Tasmania’s sexual-assault victim gag laws, Grace couldn’t legally speak out about her experience – despite the perpetrator and media being free to do so.

Working with the #LetHerSpeak campaign, Grace applied to the Supreme Court to win the right to publicly self-identify as a rape survivor – becoming the first Tasmanian woman to do so.

Grace has demonstrated extraordinary courage championing the #LetHerSpeak campaign – using her voice to push for legal reform and raise public awareness about the impacts of sexual violence.

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.