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Activist Grace Tame reveals she suffered a breakdown

Grace Tame being interviewed by Rosie Batty
Grace Tame being interviewed by Rosie Batty Image credit: dailymail.co.uk

Australian activist and advocate Grace Tame has revealed she was suffered a nervous breakdown after receiving an award for raising awareness for victims of sexual abuse.

Ms Tame was abused at school by a high school teacher, the psychological effects led her to become a public figure sexual assault survivors.

On Sunday Tame spoke about her assault for the first time in public at the Protecting the Outspoken event held at the Sydney Opera House.

'I was actually in the ER the other day because I actually lost control and I was really scared,' Tame said.

'I called up the clinic and I said, 'I can't, I can't, I've stepped too deep into the shame spiral and I'm thinking about killing myself.' That's real and that's the toll it takes. That's the price of shame.’

Tame, who was titled the 2021 Australian of the Year, co-founded the #LetHerSpeak movement after her popularity grew since receiving the prestigious accolade.

“I actually lost control and I was really scared,” Tame continued. “I called up the clinic and I said ‘I can’t, I can’t, I steeped too deep into the shame spiral and I’m thinking about killing myself.’” Tame told host Rosie Batty at Sunday’s event held as part of the All About Women festival.

“It’s a great privilege to be heard and one that very few people get,” Tame continued, before criticising the press on how they report the delicate subject: “The media has a lot to answer for as to where it directs its shame. It should be directed at perpetrators of abuse, not survivors.”

Grace Tame was a dual-scholarship holder at St Michael's Collegiate girls' school in Hobart, and had been diagnosed with anorexia in Year 10.