Sarah Monahan

Actress, author, advocate and whistleblower

Sarah Monahan is a leading voice in spearheading change for women's safety across the world. Well before MeToo, TimesUp or LetHerSpeak, Sarah bravely spoke out about her experience of sexual abuse, jailing a paedophile in the process. The decision to speak up could not have been easy: not only was Sarah a child at the time of the abuse, but the offender was one of Australia's most well known 'TV dads'.

The power imbalance was extraordinary and yet, despite blow back and accusations of 'attention seeking' and 'trial by media', Sarah persisted. Her clear as a bell voice cut through the waves of victim-blaming and shaming rhetoric, and eventually Sarah became known as Australia's Ground Zero MeToo whistleblower. in doing so, she also became a lightning rod for other survivors who she has since worked to support.

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