Journalist Nina Funnell’s #LetHerSpeak campaign, which aims to amend the laws that prevent sexual assault survivors from telling their stories, has made a major impact.
The campaign has result in changes to four laws in three jurisdictions — Tasmania, Northern Territory and Victoria — where sexual assault survivors, including Australian of the Year Grace Tame, were previously gagged from speaking out. The campaign has also won 13 court orders on behalf of rape survivors.
The campaign has had a broader impact. Petitions for law reform have been signed more than 200,000 times and the campaign has raised more than $80,000 to support survivors in their legal actions.
Funnell wins Walkley Award
Nina Funnell received the Walkley Award for Public Service Journalism for her #LetHerSpeak/#LetUsSpeak campaigns and her reporting led Victoria to scrap its sexual assault gag laws.
Thanks @JN_Institute & @walkleys for supporting this work via 2 Freelance grants, + Kerry & Lori from @newscomauHQ + campaign partners: @marquelawyers @EROCAustralia @RapeReform 🙂 https://t.co/M8h5Bss4Gh
— Nina Funnell, Journalist & creator of #LetHerSpeak (@ninafunnell) November 20, 2020
Read the stories
Take a look at some of the stories from Nina Funnell’s #LetHerSpeak campaign.
- Rape survivor breaks silence after NT gag law reform
- Lavinia Duga, sexual assault survivor, in her own words
- Northern Territory law reform divides survivors
- Clergy abuse survivor Phil Nagle no longer gagged under Victorian laws
- Attorney-General sent sexual assault victims insulting letter
- Victoria sexual assault gag law could see rape victims jailed
- Victorian Government makes legal change for sexual assault survivors after #LetUsSpeak campaign
- Gerald Ridsdale, Ballarat survivors gagged under new laws
- Man sexually assaults, rapes girl, 13, after camping trip | Exclusive
- “Outrageous” demand Victorian courts are making of rape victim