Cruel internet trolls have added insult to injury after sexual assault survivor Grace Tame was rushed to hospital following a nasty bicycle crash.
The 2021 Australian of the Year was treated for a broken collarbone and a grazed shoulder, but is now ‘on the mend’ and recovering at home.
But not everybody wished the courageous sexual violence campaigner well ahead of her National Press Club address next week, as a barrage personal attacks were directed her way.
Online haters suggested she ‘fell off her high horse’ and asked her if she ‘smiled for the doctor’ – in reference to her awkward, stony-faced encounter with last week.
In an Instagram post describing the accident, the 27-year-old said: ‘Bike stack, broken collarbone.Thank you for understanding, we may take a while to respond.
‘Out of hospital now and on the mend.’
Grace Tame’s injuries include a broken collarbone and nasty graze.She has also been forced to wear a cast as she recovers
Cruel internet trolls added insult to injury after the sexual assault survivor was rushed to hospital after a nasty bicycle crash
Ms Tame recently made headlines last month after an awkward encounter with the Prime Minister.
She stood un-smiling during a photograph with Mr Morrison and his wife Jenny and appeared reluctant to shake his hand at a morning tea for Australian of the Year finalists, sparking days of controversy and debate.
‘Well that’ll give her something real to scowl about!#diddums’ one person wrote.
Others said: ‘Did she give the doctor the same look as Scomo’ and ‘Ouch!!! It looks like she fell off her high horse’.
‘Awww poor thing. Press Club next week? That cast is just the ticket to get some love back.(laughing emoji) And for pity’s sake don’t turn up with that sour, sour face,’ a third wrote.
Grace Tame finally refused to smile when meeting the Prime Minister at a function (pictured together)
‘Hopefully she was courteous and respectful towards the medical staff and not the way she behaved towards the PM.Hopefully she left her sense of entitlement at the door,’ another commented.
Many more social media users were horrified by the attacks on Ms Tame and offered messages of support.
‘I hope she is okay.Sending loads of love and care to an amazing young woman,’ one person wrote.
Another said: ‘For those who think this is funny, you’re all terrible people… with nothing to offer but nasty comments, hatred and division.’
‘People are disgusting!’ Another wrote.’Hope you recover quickly Grace and thanks for being such an amazing advocate for women.’
Outgoing Australian of the Year Grace Tame made headlines last month after her stony-faced encounter with Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Many social media users were horrified by the attacks on Ms Tame and offered messages of support
The accident comes just days before Ms Tame is due to address the National Press Club, where she will speak alongside Brittany Higgins.
Addressing their strange meeting for the first time, Mr Morrison said he supported Ms Tame’s advocacy and work during her tenure as Australian of the Year.
‘When Jenny and I invite someone to our home, we greet them with a smile and they’re always welcome, and that day was actually about all the finalists we came to celebrate,’ Mr Morrison told radio station 4BC.
‘I haven’t raised any issues about (the incident) – all I’m saying is we were there that day to celebrate those who had done an incredible job for our country.’
Ms Tame attracted criticism from some in the government, with one LNP senator calling her ‘childish’, but also received widespread support.
On Wednesday Ms Tame addressed the controversy herself, saying it would have be ‘hypocritical’ of her to be friendly after repeatedly criticising the Prime Minister over his response to women’s safety issues.
Grace Tame (pictured cheering at the Australian Open) is set to give an address at the National Press Club next week
The 27-year-old suggested it would be ‘hypocritical’ of her to be friendly to the PM