In Tasmania and the Northern Territory, it is against the law for all sexual assault survivors to speak to media using their real name.
Those who do so, can be prosecuted and journalists can face heavy fines or up to six months jail for naming victims who consent to be named.
This archaic gag-law serves to silence survivors which in turn prevents them from reclaiming ownership over their own story. While their perpetrators can still speak, victims are prevented from telling their side of the story and nor can they use their experiences to challenge stigma or educate others about sexual violence.
The #LetHerSpeak campaign aims to change all that.
We're currently supporting four survivors in Tasmania and the Northern Territory whose offenders all went to jail. Those survivors now want the chance to tell their real stories under their real names.
So we are raising funds to help them fight this law, by taking their cases to the Supreme Court, and by continuing to push for law reform.
In August 2019, the #LetHerSpeak campaign had its first victory!
Jane Doe* was 15 when she was groomed and repeatedly sexually assaulted by her 58-year-old maths teacher, Nicolaas Bester. After nine years of enforced silence, on August 12, 2019, Jane Doe went public, after winning her fight to be named in the Supreme Court of Tasmania, with the help of the #LetHerSpeak campaign.
Jane Doe's real name is Grace Lauren Tame. She is now 24, and she intends to use her public voice to educate others on the warning signs of grooming.
But other victims in Tasmania and the NT are still waiting for their turn to talk. We want to take more cases to the Supreme Court, and continue to put pressure on the Government to reform the law itself.
We don't want these survivors 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.
Together we can bring about this change.
(Photo: Grace Tame and Nina Funnell, both sexual assault survivors who started the #LetHerSpeak campaign for gag law reform)