For those who have suffered at the hands of others, often by people in a position of power or trust, speaking up may feel shameful or something to be hidden, but without these strong voices the results of assault and abuse will remain hidden and not brought to account.
For those of us who love and support those who have survived sexual assault, it is our role to speak for those who do not feel that they have a voice.
We MUST bring change. We MUST let our youth know what is okay and what is NOT okay. And we MUST bring to account those who take advantage of others, not matter their age, gender, social standing, or ethnicity.
Each Sunday from today onwards we will be pushing this message – that we must all speak up.
So it feels right to start with one of the most vocal survivor voices in Australia is Grace Tame and we are proud to be able to share the words of someone who absolutely spoke up and not only drove awareness of sexual abuse and trauma, but created such significant change and was awarded Australian of the Year.
Rafiki Mwema will ALWAYS stand up for those who may not have a voice, and as hard as it may be to hear, we will always share the stories that should never even be spoken. Our children in Kenya rely on us and we will #NeverBeSilent.