Celebrities in Hollywood support campaign to remove Australian law that prevents victims from speaking out
Hollywood celebrities have given their support to a campaign calling for a change in the laws that prevent assault victims from speaking out.
Alyssa Milano, Tara Moss and John Cleese are among the familiar faces of the # LetHerSpeak initiative, reported news.com.au.
In Tasmania and the Northern Territory, the identity of survivors of sexual violence must not be disclosed, even if they have given their consent.
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Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano (photo) has shown her support for the # LetHerSpeak campaign
The author Tara Moss has also supported the campaign, which tries to change the laws that prevent future survivors from telling their story.
The online campaign #LetHerSpeak, which was launched this week, tries to change the laws that prevent sexual assault by sexual assault tells their story.
We want to change the law so that any survivor who wishes to be named can waive their right to anonymity without them, or the publication that names them, with a fine, & # 39; sets the campaign website.
Nina Funnell, who designed the campaign in collaboration with End Rape On Campus Australia and Marque Lawyers, said the current laws & # 39; perpetrators, no victims & # 39; to protect.
& # 39; The most powerful thing I've ever done after my own attack was to talk about it publicly. It was an important part of my recovery, "she said.
& # 39; There is tremendous power in survivors who possess their own stories without fear or stigma. It is incredibly daunting for survivors who want to become owners of their story, to hear that they do not have the right to talk about their own abuse. & # 39;
On Instagram, Moss posted a photo of her with a # LetHerSpeak board, with a caption on which she supported the campaign.
& # 39; This is an important one. Blocking survivors from assault by speaking is extremely problematic and sends the message that they have no freedom of choice, no control over their own stories and their own lives, just as they had no choice what was done to them, & # 39; she said .
Mrs Moss and Mrs Milano also spoke Nine 60 minutes from Channel about the # LetHerSpeak campaign.
Actor John Cleese (photo) has also supported the # LetHerSpeak campaign, which was launched this week
& # 39; It is absolutely inhuman. Silence comes hand in hand with injustice, "Moss told the program.
Ms. Milano added: "It has been swept under the carpet for far too long."
A now 23-year-old woman who was only 15 when she was cared for and sexually harassed by her math teacher, said she desperately wanted her story to be heard.
"The fact that I can not control my own story is frustrating," she told 60 minutes.
The math teacher was sentenced to two years and six months in prison after having pleaded guilty in 2011.
Tasmania's Attorney General Elise Archer told news.com.au that the Tasmanian Government is considering section 194K (of the Tasmanian Evidence Act) to ensure that it appropriately protects the rights of all victims of sexual assault. protects & # 39 ;.
The 60-minute segment will be broadcast on Sunday at 19:00.