Trish Wyatt is an experienced social worker turned author and activist. She is passionate about raising awareness of sexual violence and our archaic “justice” system where it is almost impossible to convict dangerous sex offenders, and where victims of sexual crimes experience further trauma.
Trish provides a raw and very personal insight into her lived experience after surviving an extremely violent and life-threatening rape and assault in regional Queensland in 2018.
The assault itself was disturbing and shocking, but what followed – from the moment she tried to report the crimes and the more than three years wait for the trial – beggars belief. So horrendous was her post-crime experience, that her genuine advice to survivors is not to report rape.
With the current state of our “justice” system and laws pertaining to sexual violence, Trish shockingly claims that pursuing perpetrators of serious sexual crimes will most likely lead to further anguish for the victim.
In order for change to occur, Trish advocates for updating consent laws, demanding trauma informed practice in the judicial system, and to stop the victim blaming and slut shaming which is currently permitted in our court rooms.
Trish is a courageous survivor of a heinous sexual attack who is determined to be heard, not only through her own story, but also by providing a voice to women and girls who have been a victim of sexual violence and been able to speak. Women who may have never told a soul, women who were unable to report and women who blame themselves and, most importantly, women who have taken their life waiting for trial.
You will be inspired by Trish’s bravery and the inner warrior she discovered during this life-altering experience.