In Tasmania, two women are preparing for a fight in the state’s Supreme Court.
These women – known by pseudonyms Jane* and Leia* – are fighting to tell their own stories of sexual assault under their real names. And they’re fighting for other sexual assault survivors in the state to be able to do the same, by trying to change the law.
Under existing law, it is illegal for any publication to name a sexual assault survivor, even with the survivor's full consent. The victims themselves can also potentially be prosecuted if they reveal their identities - regardless of whether their perpetrators were found guilty.
This law was initially introduced to protect sexual assault victims from exploitative media, but it goes too far, by silencing those survivors who want to speak. This is fundamentally disempowering as it strips survivors of agency and voice and denies them ownership over their own stories.
Both Jane* and Leia* say it should be their choice to decide to be named.
Leia* was 16 when she was gang raped in a paddock in Burnie Tasmania. Her offenders also went to jail. She has waited 25 years to tell her story under her real name but is unable to do so while this law still stands.
Help Jane* and Leia* fight to change this outdated law, and win the right to be named.
We don't want them to see another anniversary of their assaults pass by without being able to speak. They have waited long enough.
Help us restore the voices of these brave survivors and give them back their names.