In its new 7pm timeslot 60 Minutes will head straight into tough territory with a sexual abuse survivor.
There’s also a strategically-placed story on Lego ahead of next year’s reality show Lego Masters.
Let Her Speak
There’s something you won’t see on 60 Minutes this week, and it’s guaranteed to infuriate you. It’s the face of a brave woman who suffered terrible sexual abuse when she was 15. The perpetrator was her 58-year-old school mathematics teacher. But if that wasn’t bad enough, what has come since has added to the victim’s torment. As Allison Langdon discovers, a crazy Australian law means that even if the courageous survivor wants it, her identity can never be revealed. She is effectively silenced. However, the creep who ruined her life can talk about the case, and has been. He’s been spreading lies by painting himself as the real victim. Now Hollywood, and the high-profile leaders of the “Me Too” movement, including television actress Alyssa Milano, have taken on this young woman’s cause by demanding that we “let her speak”.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producers: Stefanie Sgroi, Grace Tobin
The Brave Ones
There are few things more majestic than seeing a herd of elephants roaming the plains of Africa. But tragically, every year 20,000 are killed by poachers, who then harvest and sell their ivory tusks. It’s a cruel trade and one that former Australian commando Damian Mander has been fighting for a decade to stop. Despite his efforts, he was losing ground to the criminals. Then he came up with an idea from left field: an all-female squad of anti-poaching rangers. Critics said it wouldn’t work, but they were wrong, and now the brave women of Akashinga are not only saving wildlife, they’re saving themselves.
Reporter: Tom Steinfort
Producer: Nick Greenaway
For the sheer genius of its simple design, the humble Lego plastic brick stands out as the most successful – and fun – children’s plaything of all time. Unless of course you stand on one. But painful or not, Liam Bartlett reveals there is one Lego statistic that is completely mind-boggling. In the 60-year history of the company, over seven hundred billion – yes billion – pieces of Lego have been made. And it all started with a Danish carpenter looking for a cheap alternative to wooden toys. Even more remarkably, these days the multi-billion-dollar Lego empire remains a family business, headquartered in the same quiet village where it all began.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producer: Garry McNab
7pm Sunday on Nine.