Noelle Martin, a young feminist, activist and law reformist and in October last year, was recognised as the WA 2019 Young Australian of the Year. She is getting out and about over the next few months to share her story, with the first opportunity coinciding with Youth Week, to help educate others on the harmful impacts of cyber bullying.
At the age of 18, Noelle discovered sexual predators had stolen images of her from social media, editing them onto pornographic images and videos, adding her name and details of where she lived.
The feminist, law graduate and activist has courageously taken action, helping provide avenues for justice for victims of image-based sexual abuse.
Despite the abuse escalating after she shared her experience publicly and being told that nothing could be done about the images, Noelle continued to speak out. Her actions were a major factor in new laws being introduced and passed in New South Wales in 2017, and in 2018 at the Commonwealth level and in Western Australia, making it a criminal offence to distribute non-consensual intimate images.
An inspiring and courageous speaker and expert on image-based sexual abuse, Noelle regularly speaks to the media, and travels the country as a TEDx speaker, educating people on the harmful impacts of this type of abuse.
If you would like to hear Noelle’s story or have her speak at your school or event, please feel free to contact us.