#Let Her Speak

UPDATE: 

In 1986, Alicia* was abducted, gang raped and locked in the boot of her car while her fiance was murdered in bushland just meters away. See:
https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/ever-felt-a-chainsaw-blade-on-your-skin-killers-horrific-taunt-to-victims/news-story/85f3dec07551ea099afff9f30f9a35a9

Alicia now wants to tell her full story under her real name. She's hoping to help educate others on the challenges victims face when navigating the criminal justice system and the long term impacts of trauma. But in Tasmania, it is a crime for any sexual assault survivors to speak to media under their real names. 

If Alicia* does, she and any media which name her could be prosecuted and face heavy fines.

These archaic sexual assault victim gag laws silence survivors, like Alicia, and rob them of their right to be heard. 

Alicia has now joined the #LetHerSpeak campaign to reform these archaic victim gag laws.

Together, we are raising funds to help take Alicia's fight to be named to the  Supreme Court, and ultimately to have the law itself over turned. 


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UPDATE: 
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.

See: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-12/grace-tame-speaks-about-abuse-from-schoolteacher/11393044

Her real name is Grace Lauren Tame. Grace 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. 

Help us restore the voices of these brave survivors and give them back their names.

Together we can bring about this change.

(Photo above: Grace Tame and Nina Funnell, both sexual assault survivors who started the #LetHerSpeak campaign for gag law reform)

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UPDATE: 

Leia* was just 16 years old when she was abducted, gang raped and taken to dig her own grave on Christmas eve 1993. 

See: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/he-had-pure-evil-in-his-eyes-schoolgirls-gang-rape-horror-story-finally-revealed/news-story/3e42d82ccb78911f14fc5eafb5aedf3e


Leia has waited 25 years for the ring leader to die so that she can feel safe enough to tell her story via a memoir she wishes to publish. 

But in Tasmania it is a crime for rape victims to use their own names. If Leia* does publish an autobiography, she could be prosecuted, as could any publishing house which agrees to publish her manuscript. 

Leia has now joined the #LetHerSpeak campaign and we are supporting her right to use her real name. 


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JANE Doe* wants to speak.

Groomed and molested as a 15-year-old high school student by her then 58-year-old high school maths teacher Nicolaas Bester, Jane Doe now wishes to waive her right to anonymity and tell her story.

But an outdated law which only exists in Tasmania and the Northern Territory won’t allow sexual assault survivors to be identified under their real name, even with their full consent.

If Jane Doe does speak out under her real name, any publication which names her could be prosecuted and found in contempt of court.

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/let-her-speak-shocking-reason-woman-cant-tell-her-sexual-assault-story/news-story/718ad770a25833970f961c551f3eaab1


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 Jane Doe and four other 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 without risk of prosecution to themselves or others. 

So we are raising funds to help them fight this law, first by taking their individual cases to the Supreme Court so they can use their own names, and second by campaigning to reform the law itself. 

On November 8, 2018 we launched, and a coalition of 14 survivors from other states and territories (where these gag laws don't apply) shared their stories as a sign of solidarity. Read more here: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/let-her-speak-shocking-reason-woman-cant-tell-her-sexual-assault-story/news-story/718ad770a25833970f961c551f3eaab1

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