2021 — 9 speeches
After being groomed and sexually assaulted by her maths teacher when she was just 15 years old, Grace Tame spent a decade turning her traumatic experience into advocacy for survivors of child sexual assault, becoming a leader of positive change.
Grace spent several months campaigning with #LetHerSpeak campaign in an effort to overturn a Tasmanian law that prevented survivors from identifying themselves publicly. In 2019, she finally won the right to speak out under her own name.
Now aged 26, Grace is dedicated to eradicating child sexual assault in Australia and supporting the survivors of child sexual assault. She works to enable survivors to tell their stories without shame, educate the public about the process and lasting effects of grooming, and advocate to policy and decision-makers to ensure we have a federal system that supports survivors.
Grace is also a passionate yoga teacher, visual artist, and champion long-distance runner, having won the 2020 Ross Marathon in a female course record time of 2:59:31.
Grace speaks openly about her own experience, but is even more passionate about preventing abuse to other children. She is a regular keynote speaker, media guest, advocacy commentator, and the 2021 Australian of the Year.