Grace Tame lashes media over old photo

Former Australian of the Year Grace Tame has taken to Twitter to register her disappointment at the media publication of an old photograph showing her with a bong.

“To every media outlet who sought to discredit me by publishing THAT photo,” she addressed the lengthy series of posts.

“Although my humor and strength remain intact, I’d be lying if I said it did not let me down.

“Not just as an individual, but more so as an advocate of the survivor community …”

Ms Tame went on to say she had been consistently and “completely transparent about all the demons I’ve battled in the aftermath of child sexual abuse, drug addiction, self-harm, anorexia and PTSD, among others”.

“You just clearly have not been listening.”

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The rebuke comes in response to coverage of the 2014 photo, which was taken from a now-deleted post on her Instagram account.

“Whilst we must acknowledge the harm that drugs can cause, if we want to have an OPEN and HONEST discussion about child sexual abuse in this country, we must also have an open and honest discussion about trauma and what that can look like,” she wrote in the Twitter statement issued on Saturday afternoon.

“It can be ugly. It can look like drugs. Like self-harm, skipping school, getting impulsive tattoos and all kinds of other unconscious, self-destructive, maladaptive coping mechanisms.

“Whilst I do not seek to glorify, sanitize or normalize any of these things, I also do not seek to shame or judge survivors for ANY of their choices.”

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