Australian of the Year Grace Tame has shared an image from the journey the place she made a heartbreaking admission to a member of the family.
Australian of the Year Grace Tame has lauded the ACT’s determination to lift the age of felony accountability, making a heartbreaking admission within the course of.
The territory is about to be the primary Australian jurisdiction to lift the felony age of accountability from 10 to 14, with an entire overhaul of the youth justice system endorsed by an impartial assessment.
Children as younger as 10 years outdated throughout Australia could be prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to juvenile detention.
Australia has been criticised for its refusal to lift the age. Earlier this 12 months 31 UN member states known as on Australia to lift the age in keeping with the 2019 UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
An impartial assessment commissioned by the ACT authorities launched on Monday has detailed the work and reforms wanted to help in elevating the age, with the brand new laws set to be launched within the territory in 2022.
Taking to Twitter, Ms Tame labelled the transfer a “bold step forward”.
“A bold forward step by the ACT, raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. Locking up kids — many of whom are disabled, First Nations children and/or have experienced traumas including sexual abuse — solves nothing,” the 26-year-old mentioned.
“Here’s hoping this will lift the national standard.”
The Australian of the Year adopted he tweet up with an image of herself, aged 10, when she first disclosed the sexual assault she skilled as a six-year-old.
“Pictured above is me, aged 10. I was camping with my family on the East Coast of Tasmania,” she mentioned.
“It was on this very trip that I first disclosed to my older cousin that I’d been molested as a six-year-old.”
Ms Tame rose to prominence through News Corp’s Let Her Speak marketing campaign, when received her Supreme Court of Tasmania case to have the ability to publicly self-identify as a rape survivor.
In 2021, Ms Tame was topped Australian of the Year for her advocacy for survivors of sexual assault.
Additional reporting by Ellen Ransley