Info for Media
Crediting the campaign
- Accessibility: We ask all media to capitalise the first letter of each word in the campaign name so that screen readers can correctly read them. (eg. #LetHerSpeak and #LetUsSpeak as opposed to #letherspeak or #Letusspeak.)
- When crediting the #LetHerSpeak campaign (which covers Tasmania and the Northern Territory), media should state that the #LetHerSpeak campaign ‘was created by journalist and sexual assault survivor advocate Nina Funnell in partnership with Marque Lawyers and End Rape On Campus Australia’.
- When crediting the Victorian arm of the campaign (known as #LetUsSpeak) media should state the ‘#LetUsSpeak campaign was created by journalist and sexual assault survivor advocate Nina Funnell in partnership with Marque Lawyers, End Rape On Campus Australia, and Rape & Sexual Assault Research & Advocacy.’
- Grace Tame’s legal case can be described as a catalyst for the creation of the #LetHerSpeak Tasmania campaign.
- Jaime-lee Page’s legal case can be described as the catalyst for the creation of the #LetUsSpeak Victoria campaign.
- ‘Sandra’s case can be described as the catalyst for the #LetHerSpeak NT campaign.
- Survivors assisted by the campaign who do speak to media do so in their individual capacities only, and not as representatives of, or official spokespersons for the campaign or campaign partners. No survivors who have featured in the campaign are co-creators, co-founders or partners. (Please direct any questions about the campaign including its purpose, process, goals, objectives, achievements, or future direction to the creator and/ or partners via firstname.lastname@example.org )
When interviewing survivors who have received legal assistance via the campaign
- Please note that for privacy reasons we do not hand out the contact details of individual survivors who have featured in/ or received legal assistance via the campaign.
- In some circumstances deemed appropriate, we may be willing to forward media requests to individual survivors featured in the campaign.
- Depending on the terms of each survivor’s court order, media may need to seek consent from individual survivors featured in the campaign to name them.
- In Victoria, from November 2020, survivors have the legal right to tailor their consent, meaning media should seek ‘fresh’ consent each time the survivor is named in public.
- Survivors assisted by the campaign who do speak to media do so in their individual capacities only, and not as representatives of, or official spokespersons for the campaign or campaign partners. (Please direct any questions about the campaign’s creation, purpose, process, goals, objectives, achievements, or future direction to the creator and/ or partners via email@example.com ).
- Individual survivors who have received legal assistance via the campaign can be described as having been assisted or supported by the campaign or having featured in the campaign. To avoid confusion, they should not be referred to as “partners”, “creators” or “co-founders”.
A note on unauthorised social media accounts
Media should note that for various safety and legal reasons there are no social media accounts officially connected to the campaign.
In recent months, the campaign partners have been made aware of a number of social media accounts and petitions which have been set up by unauthorised individuals who have no connection with the official campaign.
These accounts and pages have been engaged in a number of dangerous practices, including dispensing unsound legal and counselling advice. We note that many of these accounts and pages have unmoderated comment sections which can also contain dangerous, unlawful and defamatory content.
In several cases, these unauthorised accounts have used official campaign materials (in breach of copyright) in order to give the appearance of authenticity and legitimacy. A number have also reproduced photos of survivors who are affiliated with the campaign – without survivor consent – and this has exacerbated individual survivor distress. On rare occasions the creators of these unauthorised accounts have sent press releases to mainstream media, or offered interviews.
The campaign creator and partners have worked closely with various social media and online platforms to have these accounts removed or listed as unofficial and we continue to monitor this situation closely.
A note on coverage of the Australian of the Year Awards
Grace Tame’s legal case can be described as a catalyst for the #LetHerSpeak Tasmania campaign, which was created by Nina Funnell in partnership with Marque Lawyers and End Rape On Campus Australia and launched exclusively with news.com.au.
Grace is one of 17 extremely courageous survivors who have received legal assistance provided by the campaign. Grace herself is not a formal spokesperson or co-creator of the campaign and should be quoted in her individual capacity only. The campaign applied for a court order on Grace’s behalf in 2019 (Gina McWilliams from News Corp Australia did this work, and Marque Lawyers provided additional legal representation). Since winning her court order Grace has bravely spoken out and has used her platform to raise awareness about the impacts of sexual assault, grooming, trauma, and victim gag-laws.
You can read more about Grace’s story here and here. You can read more about the campaign’s creation on page 5- 8 of our publicly available submission to the Tasmanian government (published May 2019), found here.
In recent weeks there has been considerable misreporting concerning the various roles in the campaign, along with other important details. For clarity, Grace was not the first survivor in Tasmania to have received a court order to be named in public, as has been misreported by the ABC and others. The campaign and Grace do not wish to erase the significant contributions of other Tasmanian survivors who have paved the way. The campaign has sought multiple corrections in recent weeks. We encourage all media to report accurately and sensitively, as we continue to celebrate Grace’s phenomenal bravery and courage.
Media accolades for #LetHerSpeak Campaign Creator: Nina Funnell
2020 Winner Walkley Award for Public Service Journalism
2020 Winner Walkley Our Watch Award
2020 Winner MEAA NT Media Award Best Online Coverage
2020 Winner Kennedy Award for Best Online Video
- 2020 Walkley Foundation Freelance Journalist Grant recipient
2020 Judith Neilson Freelance Journalist Grant recipient
- 2020 Walkley Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year (finalist)
2019 Winner Journalist of the Year B&T Women in Media Award
- 2019 Walkley Foundation Freelance Journalist Grant recipient
2019 News Corp Australia Campaign of the Year (#LetHerSpeak)
- 2020 MEAA NT Media Award: Best Journalism Campaign (finalist)
2019 Walkley Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year (finalist)
- 2018 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence list
- 2018 Walkley Our Watch Award for Best Campaign (finalist)
- 2017 Winner Walkley Our Watch Award
- 2017 Winner United Nations Media Australia Award
Promoting ethical journalistic practice
Since launching in 2018, the campaign creator and partners have been highly appreciative of the huge media interest and support for the campaign.
We are thankful to all our media partners, especially our flagship partner, news.com.au. We also express our sincere thanks to the many and varied media outlets we have worked closely with over the years and we look forward to continued positive relationships with these organisations.
We are particularly grateful to the Walkley Foundation and Judith Neilson Institute which have funded certain journalistic components of the campaign, through competitive grants awarded to support the work of Nina Funnell.
We urge all journalists who report on the campaign and sexual assault more broadly to continue to be mindful of their ethical responsibilities when working with traumatised populations.
For more on reporting sexual violence see: https://media.ourwatch.org.au/
For more on working with survivors see: https://www.