Voices Unsilenced

Voices Unsilenced

People who use violence and abuse know the power of humiliation and may go to great lengths to control and silence the people they have violated. Knowingly or not, people working in services and systems can be used by perpetrators of violence and abuse to extend their control and impact on the victim.

Explore below insights and efforts of people with lived experience who are informing social and systemic change.

"Lived experience informs structural and social change." Grace Tame.

View the speech from Australian of the Year (2021) winner Grace Tame who helped lead the fight to overturn a law preventing sexual assault survivors from speaking out.

Explore the work of the Grace Tame Foundation

The dilemma of disclosure (sexualised violence) and the problem of non-disclosure agreements.

The University of Sydney Law School and Insight Exchange collaborated to host a virtual event with author of ‘Going Public’ Distinguished Professor Julie Macfarlane. 

In Part A Julie Macfarlane, author of ‘Going Public’ shares her lived experience insights including disclosure and navigating the justice system. In Part B Julie Macfarlane shares her international work to prevent the problematic use of non-disclosure agreements as a toxic bargain that conceals violence and abuse.

Event engagement: 160 individuals attended Part A and 147 individual attended part B of the event. Of the 280 individuals booked in the event 115 distinct organisations were named in the registration bookings. View the breakdown of registered organisations (at a sector level) here

Campaign: ‘Can’t Buy My Silence’

“Prof. Julie Macfarlane and Zelda Perkins have joined forces to create CAN’T BUY MY SILENCE after their own shocking personal experiences exposed the harmful use of NDAs. Their campaign goal is to stop the misuse of NDAs so that they are ONLY used for the purpose for which they were created – the protection of IP and trade secrets.”

The ‘Can’t Buy My Silence’ campaign website is full of clear information and resources which you can explore, use and share onward.

Do you want to get involved in the campaign efforts in Australia? Please get in touch for a conversation and we can connect you [email protected]

Have you signed an NDA?

The Can’t Buy My Silence website outlines some considerations and a short video for people who have signed an NDA and regret doing so. https://cantbuymysilence.com/have-you-signed-an-nda/

Are you thinking of signing an NDA?

The Can’t Buy My Silence website outlines some considerations and a short video for people who are thinking about signing an NDA. The information outlines myths and options. https://cantbuymysilence.com/thinking-of-signing-an-nda/

Share: The Can’t Buy My Silence website outlines an opportunity to ‘share your story’ https://cantbuymysilence.com/testimonies/

This opportunity (via the link above) can be accessed directly and is independent of your engagement or participation with Insight Exchange.


'It is the gagging that causes further trauma the growing crusade against ndas'


Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner tells corporate leaders ‘the time has come for this hands-off approach by boards to end’.

Weinstein case showed nondisclosure clauses can allow abusers to continue, says Kate Jenkins | Australia news | The Guardian

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