Grace Tame: Australian of the Year’s shocked response on live TV to child abuse strategy

Australian of the Year Grace Tame rages when she finds out on live TV that she hasn’t been asked to help develop a child sexual abuse prevention strategy

  • The National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Should Be Released
  • Australian of the Year, Sex Abuse Survivor Grace Tame Not Invited to Help
  • She seemed shocked when asked on live TV if she had been involved

Australian of the Year Grace Tame heard live on national television that she had been rejected over a major government plan to fight child sexual abuse.

Ms. Tame, a prominent survivor of sexual abuse, smiled awkwardly – but visibly seething – when asked on ABC News 24 what the government’s national strategy to prevent child sexual abuse would include.

‘No, I haven’t been’ [involved]said a shocked Mrs. Tame, shaking her head and staring off the screen. “I wasn’t involved in drafting it.”

“But I take it you would have liked to have been?” the ABC interviewer asked her.

Australian of the Year Grace Tame smiled awkwardly – but visibly seething – as she spoke on the matter

‘Certainly. I mean, that’s my job and I’ve been counting on that all year, that we should focus on prevention.’

Mrs. Tame raised her hands in a ‘surrender’ movement and added: ‘I will not be dissatisfied and complain that I have not been invited to participate.’

‘But they are making progress, which is nice. That’s great,” she added.

Since winning Australian of the Year in July, Ms. Tame, who was raped as a teenager by her school teacher, has been a fierce activist for fellow sexual assault survivors.

She is sometimes a harsh critic of the government’s inaction in this area.

In May, she also accused accused Scott Morrison of making a blunt remark in her ear after her Australian of the Year speech.

Grace Tame was named Australian of the Year in January 2021

Grace Tame was named Australian of the Year in January 2021

Sexual abuse survivor Grace Tame has named Scott Morrison since becoming Australian of the Year

Sexual abuse survivor Grace Tame has named Scott Morrison since becoming Australian of the Year

The 26-year-old won the prize in January for raising awareness about the impact of sexual violence.

In her emotional speech at the National Arboretum in Canberra, Ms. Tame spoke about the abuse she had suffered and urged survivors to share their stories. She later related what Mr. Morrison told her next.

“You know what he said to me right after I finished that speech and we were in front of a wall of media?

“I don’t sh** you, he leaned over and right in my ear he says” “Well, gosh, I bet it felt good to get that out,” she said.

The National Office for Child Safety (NOCS), which is responsible for preparing the strategy reports to Scott Morrison, said the strategy was “a major recommendation from the Royal Commission and will focus on the prevention of child sexual abuse in all areas.” environments, including in institutions, within families, and online.’

It will be published next week on the Prime Minister’s website.

In a statement, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office indicated that Ms Tame may have had the chance to be involved in the strategy in May.

‘On behalf of NOCS, The Healing Foundation has issued an invitation to a workshop for victim survivors and their advocates regarding the ultimate development of the National Strategy. A follow-up was sent on June 3,” the statement said.

The Healing Foundation supports survivors of Stolen Generations and their families.



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