Australian author and supermodel, Tara Moss, has shared the details of her sexual assault in a campaign to highlight violence against women.
Trigger warning: This post deals with sexual assault and may be triggering to some readers.
As part of a campaign to raise awareness of violence against women, Author and model Tara Moss has spoken publicly of her experience with sexual assault – a story she kept locked up for 20 years.
Forty-one-year-old Moss, who is a domestic violence advocate, she was raped by someone she trusted when they offered to drive her home from an acting class.
A Current Affair revealed the model was raped and “imprisoned for a night” by her attacker.
The attacker, who was described as a close friend of Moss’, ultimately was convicted of sexual assault, but not on the charges laid against him by Moss.
“When I did go forward to the police, I didn’t feel I got the support I would have liked. I think that’s probably a fairly common situation for people,” Moss said.
Moss said that “about a dozen” women came forward with sexual assault allegations against the same man, and the only reason he was convicted – on one count only – was that his friend testified against him in court.
“This kills more women than cancer. We need to be able to talk about it. We need to change it and we need to say it’s never okay,” Moss told A Current Affair.
“Intimate partner violence, for example, is the leading non-disease related cause of death for women in this country between the ages of 15 to 44.
“I’m going to use my time on this earth to change these statistics.”
If you need help with sexual assault please contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit the Full Stop Foundation website.