Tara Moss is a force. Certainly, she is beautiful. But her eloquence is most striking.
I have seen Tara speak on occasion. Most impressively, on the ABC's Q&A in May 2014 after the launch of her semi biographical book, The Fictional Woman. On Q&A, she spoke of the toxic silence that comes from upholding fictional depictions of women. She spoke specifically of sexual violence and how silence protects predators and gives permission for violent acts to be perpetuated.
From this spontaneous comment on Q&A, she had an avalanche of responses from victims who were seeking an advocate; someone who could give voice to their personal toxic silence. Tara found herself honoured with the mantel, but also overwhelmed. And Tara details this response in her new book, Speaking Out.
Giving voice to justice and inner truth is a human responsibility. No matter how confronting the deluge of stories of rape and violence were for Tara, she has continued to give voice to this cause. She is now the UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival as well as Patron of the Full Stop Foundation for Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia.
In June, I will interview Tara about the responsibility of giving voice to a cause, what kind of grit it takes and why is it imperative. This interview will launch the Voice Coach Echo Project: A series of interviews with advocates who are raising their voice to end the toxic silences that are moving among us.
The Echo Project future interviewees will include:
- Christine Dolan; Global activist for human trafficking,
- Yalda Hakim; BBC journalist on the silence of refugees globally
Tara Moss has changed the world for many people. A tipping point for her was one spontaneous moment in a public forum, where Tara gave voice to an inner truth. We all have access to this inner voice. We all have the ability to speak our inner voice. What makes people like Tara so compelling is that she found a courage to speak it.
In 1590, the playwritght, Thomas Kyd wrote in The Spanish Tragedy: “Where words prevail not, violence prevails.”
600 years later his words echo through time to call us to account.
I believe we can change the world with inspired speaking.
Any of us can.