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Tassie's Grace Tame wins top honour

A supplied undated image obtained Friday, October 30, 2020 shows Grace Tame posing for a photograph. Grace Tame has been named Tasmanian Australian of the Year for her work advocacy work with survivors of sexual assault. (AAP Image/Supplied) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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Sexual assault survivor and advocate Tasmanian Grace Tame has been named the Australian of the Year.

She was just 15 when she was groomed and abused by her high school Maths teacher, who was later jailed for his crimes.

The 26-year-old helped lead the fight to overturn a law preventing sexual assault survivors from speaking out - her experience helped spark the international #LetHerSpeak campaign, helping Ms Tame become the first woman in Tasmania to be granted the legal right to speak out about her experience as a sexual assault survivor.

Ms Tame says she'll use the award to empower sexual assault survivors and highlight the importance of education as prevention.

It's the first time in the program's 61-year history that a Tasmanian has won the award.