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ACT Looks To Pass A Law Amendment Inspired By Grace Tame’s Call For Change

Grace Tame has spent her time in the public eye advocating for positive change for survivors of sexual abuse and assault. Today, the ACT seeks to introduce a bill inspired by her calls for change.

The family violence legislation amendment bill will be introduced to the Legislative Assembly today

The bill would see child sexual assault legally referred to as "persistent sexual abuse of a child or young person under special care".

Ms Tame raised the importance of the definitions in her speech at the National Press Club on Wednesday, pointing out the importance of language in the charging of abusers.

She stated that "The former charge implies consent, while the latter reflects the gravity and the truth of an unlawful, criminal act committed against an innocent child victim.’

Following Ms Tame's calls for change, ACT Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury has announced the family violence legislation amendment bill, which he will introduce to the Legislative Assembly today.

A change in the bill will see the offence of "sexual relationship with child or young person under special care" changed to "persistent sexual abuse of child or young person under special care", making it consistent with most other Australian jurisdictions.

Rattenbury stated that "I was struck by Ms Tame's powerful advocacy last November," he said.

"When presented with victim-survivors stories such as these, we have a responsibility to act, which is why we have brought forward this reform at the first opportunity,” he said.

The family violence legislation amendment bill is expected to receive tri-partisan support.