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The Walkley Magazine

Walkley Foundation

Apr 2, 2020

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Survivors forced to suffer in silence

Sandra was raped at work. Now she’s gagged by the law. In March, she became the latest woman to join the #LetHerSpeak campaign, which was created by freelance journalist Nina Funnell.

Sandra was working when she was horrifically raped. Picture: Mariel Thomas.
Sandra reported the assault to police, who took it seriously and charged the offender. Picture: Mariel Thomas.

“I was raped and now I’m being gagged”

Sandra can’t tell her own story, thanks to an archaic law. Picture: Mariel Thomas.
Blue Lucine, director of the film about Sandra’s ordeal. Picture: supplied

Free the press: “We would be burying an untold story”

The laws must change

1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service —

Nina Funnell is a freelance journalist and the creator of the #LetHerSpeak campaign in partnership with End Rape On Campus Australia, Marque Lawyers and News Corp. This article was first published for

This reporting was funded by the Walkley Public Fund and the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas through a Walkley Grant for Freelance Journalism.