Grace Tame: Speaking Out
Don't doubt your worth amongst the crowd, even if you just sign a petition or donate one dollar here and there – it all matters, it all counts, every single cent, every single signature, every single voice.
2021 offered a glimpse into the galvanising force of women’s collective voices, which, when harnessed can change history. Fierce females are not a recent phenomenon, but last year, the steady march towards equality has gained a rolling momentum which has been heard the loudest on the doorsteps of power. And through it all, Grace Tame was one of the powerful women leading the charge for change.
Hear Grace joined by Michael Salter, Kyllie Cripps, Emma A Jane and Ann Mossop in a conversation about the catalytic power of collective women’s voices, achieving better education on sexual abuse and Grace's aspirations to continue to hold those in power to account.
Ann Mossop, Kyllie Cripps, Grace Tame, Michael Salter and Emma A Jane in a panel discussion at Grace Tame: Speaking Out.
Grace Tame: Speaking Out panel discussion live at the Roundhouse.
Grace Tame speaking live at the Roundhouse.
After being groomed and raped by her maths teacher when she was just 15 years old, Grace Tame has spent the last 10 years turning her traumatic experience into being an advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse and a leader of positive change. Recognising the injustice of Tasmania’s gag order that prevented survivors from self-identifying publicly, Grace offered her story to the #LetHerSpeak campaign created by Nina Funnell, along with the stories of 16 other brave survivors. In 2019, she finally won a court order to speak our under her own name, making her the state’s first female child sexual abuse survivor to do so.
Now 26 and based in Hobart, Grace is dedicated to eradicating child sexual abuse in Australia, and supporting the survivors of child sexual abuse. Her focus is around enabling survivors to tell their stories without shame, educating the public around the process and lasting effects of grooming and working with policy and decision-makers to ensure we have a federal legal system that supports the survivors, not just the perpetrators. She 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. An open book about her experience, but even more passionate about preventing this from happening to other children, Grace speaks from the heart and will have her audience simultaneously inspired and in tears. She is a regular keynote speaker, media guest and advocacy commentator.
Grace was the 2021 Australian of the Year.
Ms Grace Tame appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau.
Dr Kyllie Cripps is a Scientia Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and Justice and Co-Convenor of the Gendered Violence Research Network at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Kyllie as a Palawa woman has worked extensively over the past twenty years in the areas of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse with Indigenous communities. She has contributed to the evidence base through empirical studies that have defined violence on Indigenous terms, identified the factors contributing to violence, as well as examined Indigenous peoples’ access and availability to services in the aftermath of violence. Her work has also been responsive to providing solutions to support policy and practice change.
Kyllie places a high priority on knowledge exchange ensuring that her research is communicated to State and Federal governments; but more critically that the research is available and accessible to Indigenous communities, to that end she routinely provides advice, support and training to communities and professional groups in her areas of expertise.
Emma A Jane
Emma A Jane is an Associate Professor in the School of the Arts & Media at UNSW Sydney. Emma’s research focuses on the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies, and was recognised in 2021 as being in the top 2% of researchers in her field globally (based on 2020 citations) in Stanford University's researcher rankings. Prior to joining academia, Emma spent 25 years working in the print, broadcast, and electronic media, winning multiple awards for her writing and investigative reporting. Her interdisciplinary research program combines scholarship and methods from gender studies, cultural studies, philosophy, and science and technology studies. Emma’s publications and talks focus on the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) causes and effects of emerging technology, and span diverse topics, including social media, cybercrime, public policy, feminism, LGBTQI+ issues, neuroscience, genetics, psychology, and children’s media. Her memoir Diagnosis Normal was released in March 2022.
Dr Michael Salter is a Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of New South Wales. His research is focused on the criminological aspects of complex trauma, including violence against women, technologically-facilitated abuse and the sexual exploitation of children. His published work includes the books Organised Sexual Abuse (2013, Routledge) and Crime, Justice and Social Media (2017, Routledge) and over 50 papers and chapters on gendered violence, child abuse and trauma. Michael is the President-Elect of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and a member of the Advisory Group for the next 10 year National Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and Their Children. He has a range of advisory roles in Australia and overseas, including with White Ribbon Australia, the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation, the Australian eSafety Commissioner and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
Ann Mossop | Chairperson
Ann Mossop is the Director of the Centre for Ideas at UNSW Sydney, a new program designed to contribute to public conversations about important ideas and issues. Previously, as Head of Talks and Ideas at the Sydney Opera House from 2010 – 2017, she established the Opera House’s extensive talks and ideas program and lead key projects like the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and All About Women. Throughout her career she has been involved with important initiatives to bring the work of writers and thinkers to broader audiences, from the pioneering series Writers in the Park to the re-establishment of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.