Australian of the Year Grace Tame says ‘men are not the enemy’ as she opens up about her relationship with ‘soulmate’ Max, the teacher she confided in after being raped
- Australian of the Year Grace Tame reveals the positive male figures in her life
- Tame, 26, on cover of Marie Claire’s May cover says men are not the enemy
- She described her boyfriend Max as her ‘soulmate’ and love of her life
- Also praised the teacher she first confided in about her sexual abuse aged 15
Australian of the Year Grace Tame has defended the male gender by highlighting the men in her life who steered her towards ‘positivity and hope’.
Tame, 25, will be the first non-celebrity to appear on Maire Claire’s cover next month, since the magazine was founded the year she was born.
The feminism activist opened up about her marriage to American actor Spencer Breslin – best known for his role in the 2003 movie The Cat In The Hat – and described her current partner Max as her ‘soulmate’ who she met last year.
Australian of the Year Grace Tame (pictured) has defended the male gender by highlighting the men in her life who steered her towards ‘positivity and hope’
Ms Tame (pictured) said spoke highly of the men in her life, including her 11-year-old brother Oscar who is her ‘little hero’
‘We’ve both been in long-term relationships. I was even married [to Breslin]. But I’m already closer to Max than I was to my husband,’ she said.
She also described her 11-year-old brother Oscar, as her ‘little hero’.
‘He’s a very, very special person. He came into the world right when the abuse started, and pardon the pun, he was a literal saving grace.’
Ms Tame also spoke highly of Dr Simon Williams, the teacher to whom she first detailed the sexual abuse she suffered for years when she was just 15 years old.
Tame, 25, will be the first non-celebrity to appear on Maire Claire’s cover next month (pictured)
An emotional Ms Tame said her win is for ‘all survivors of child sexual abuse’ as she vowed to use her position for change when she won Australian of the Year in January (pictured)
Ms Tame was a young schoolgirl battling anorexia when her high school maths teacher Nicolaas Bester, raped her on the classroom floor at St Michael’s Collegiate School in Hobart.
A decade later she was named Australian of the Year for her tireless efforts to fight an archaic gag order that banned sexual assault survivors like herself from telling their stories publicly.
Ms Tame made a powerful acceptance speech in January that paved the way for Brittany Higgins and others to go public with rape accusations against powerful people.
She insists she is just a ‘tiny domino’ that helped prompt others into action – such as the March for Justice of 100,000 women last month.
Grace Tame (left) described her current partner Max (right) as her ‘soulmate’ who she met last year
Grace Tame, from Tasmania, was just 15 when she became the sexual target of her maths teacher, more than 40 years her senior. Her experience sparked the #LetHerSpeak campaign
Ms Tame was just 15 when she was suffering from anorexia and became the sexual target of her maths teacher, more than 40 years her senior
‘People are sometimes deterred from action or doubt the value of their contribution in change,’ she said.
‘There’s a whole set of dominoes waiting to be pushed over. Just be that one domino. Your tiny little contribution has enormous catalytic potential.’
Tame said a frenzied uprising is not the answer, instead advocating a more ‘manageable, reasonable momentum that’s not so overblown, it’s just measured’.
But the activist said she would keep fighting until child sexual abuse was eradicated and the laws around consent have a standard national definition.
‘I won’t stop until I see the end of child sexual assault,’ she said. ‘It’s as simple as that.’
Tame will appear on Marie Claire’s May Cover months after being named Australian of the Year