Australian of the Year Grace Tame is feeling humbled and empowered as she prepares to help educate the nation on child sexual assault in a bid to stamp it out.

The 26-year-old from Tasmania was awarded the top national honour on Monday, having already been named the Apple Isle’s Australian of the Year.

At 15, she was groomed and abused by her high school maths teacher, who was later jailed for his crimes.

Her experience sparked the #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 has pledged to spend the next year advocating for better education on assault, grooming and psychological manipulation by abusers.

Hear her inspirational message here:

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