From The Guardian, by Nina Funnell
“On Monday sexual assault survivor Grace Tame was named 2021 Australian of the Year for her extraordinary bravery and advocacy raising awareness about child sexual abuse and the warning signs of grooming. Grace, who was groomed and repeatedly raped by her 58-year-old maths teacher at age 15, rose to prominence via the #LetHerSpeak campaign after it was discovered she could not reveal her own name in the media due to an archaic victim “gag-law” in her home state of Tasmania.”
For Ms. Funnell’s full story, FOLLOW THIS LINK
From SCC: Sure, the GIRL ATTORNEY® Community is focused on serving women attorneys in the U.S. But let there be no mistake that our philosophy is that we are, in fact, our sisters’ keeper…regardless of which side of the U.S. border on which one of us resides. Plus, while this article (and the beautiful, telling, twelve-minute film found through the link) tells the story of an Australian law that is particularly punitive to victims, you will see that the film is hauntingly effective and compassionate in the way it compels you to a better understanding of how seeking justice is experienced by the victim. While this may not be your area of practice, you can be certain that it does affect your life and those around you (they are there) who have been or are victims of sexual crime. With knowledge comes compassion, the ability to advocate more effectively, and to be a better friend and neighbor. Take the twelve minutes, today.