This article contains references to sexual assault and child abuse.
Former Australian of the Year Grace Tame has claimed she continues to face ‘open threats and harassment’ from the man who abused her as a teenager.
Ms Tame was groomed and sexually assaulted by her high school teacher Nicolaas Bester, who was found guilty of abusing her and possessing child exploitation material.
In a series of tweets on Monday, the activist and lawyer alleged that Bester was threatening an act of revenge.
She said she reported the alleged online harassment to the police, but nothing was done.
“It’s been the reality for 12 years now, behind closed doors for my family and me,” she wrote.
She posted the comments along with screenshots of the tweets, allegedly from an account owned by Bester.
In the screenshots, the user appears to be counting down the days until they can “pick up” someone and refers to an email address.
Ms Tame said the email referred to logging into her old Facebook account, which they had communicated on in the past.
“These threats clearly constitute a federal offense and violate Twitter’s Child Exploitation Policy, which states that it is prohibited to contribute to the re-victimization and re-traumatization of a child victim of sexual abuse,” Ms. Tame wrote.
“This is a targeted harassment of a known victim of his past crimes, designed to cause further harm. I have reported them to the police, but our reactive justice system is too slow and nothing has changed I know this is an experience many others would relate to.”
The account in question has now been suspended by Twitter.
Tasmania Police confirmed Ms Tame had made a complaint, but could not provide further details “for legal reasons”.
“Tasmania Police are assessing the complaint and Ms Tame has received advice,” Tasmania Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Stuart Wilkinson said in a statement.
Bester was sentenced to two years and ten months in prison in 2011 for what is now known as ongoing sexual abuse of Ms Tame.
Bester was Ms Tame’s teacher at a private girls’ school in Tasmania, where she was groomed by him on several occasions as a teenager.
In 2016, he returned to prison for four months for describing possession of child pornography as “awesome” on social media.
“Judging from the emails and tweets I’ve received, the majority of men in Australia envy me. I was 59. She was 15 and 25… It was awesome,” she wrote. he at the time.
Ms Tame gained public recognition following her ‘Let Her Speak’ campaign alongside Nina Funnell, which led to the overturning of laws banning victims of sexual assault from speaking out about their experiences.
In January 2021, she was named Australian of the Year.
In December 2021, she launched the Grace Tame Foundation, a non-profit organization created to campaign and help fund initiatives that aim to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and others.
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