Former tennis star and commentator Jelena Dokic has issued a new plea to Australians, weeks after stunning fans with a “beautiful” new look.
The 39-year-old – who has been outspoken about the abusive treatment she endured at the hands of her father Damir during her tennis career – shared a poignant statement about why she “will not be silent”.
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“I am out here on social media trying to do good and I am trying to help others,” Dokic wrote.
“Let me and others do it without the trolling and online abuse.
“I will not be silent because abuse and abusers in any form, whether it’s online, child abuse, domestic violence……their power and control is our silence.
“They thrive on our fear and silence.
“We take our power back by speaking up, calling it out and exposing it and I will continue to do that and to FIGHT for both me and others out there.”
Dokic finished her post by thanking her fans for their support.
“In it together. Building a safe space, inclusive environment and a supportive community here on Instagram,” she wrote.
“United we are stronger. Sending you all so much love.”
Big Brother star Reggie Bird was among those to respond to Dokic’s post.
“Keep on being you,” the reality show favourite wrote.
Days earlier, Dokic had fought back tears on TV as she detailed the horrific abuse she constantly receives from “body shaming” trolls online.
Speaking on ABC’s Q+A on Monday night, Dokic became emotional as she revealed it was “not an easy topic to talk about”.
“Ultimately, what we’re trying to do is just go out there, go about our day, do our job,” she said.
“We are in the public eye and being public figures, but that shouldn’t stop us from having an Instagram account and having it open.
“I’m not out here hurting anyone.
“I am just actually in fact the opposite; I am trying to do something good with my platform and create a safe space and a community as well.”
Haters and trolls
Dokic said on Q+A she had been trolled “on everything”.
“You do get a bit of this hate, and you get trolling, and I’ve had it on everything, from a mental health perspective to body shaming to abuse as well,” she said.
“I consider myself to be pretty strong and I’ve got pretty thick skin.
“But to actually read some of those things like, ‘Are you going to try and kill yourself again?’ with a laughing emoji, which is what happened this year.
“I’m not the only one who gets it, and it’s been something that I’ve been so passionate about.”
Lives at stake
Dokic told the show that “lives were at stake” because of the lack of consequences for those who create “damage” on social media.
The former tennis star’s latest comments came just weeks after she wowed followers with a “beautiful” new look.
Taking to Instagram, Dokic showed off an outfit she wore to the AIME (Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event) in Melbourne – a trade event for the meetings and event industry in the region.
“My look for the AIME Asia Pacific event,” she wrote.
“Outfit (dress and jacket) by @witcheryfashion,” she added, also tagging her makeup artist Alex Munro.
Dokic then shared a second close-up picture, showing off her flawless makeup.
“Had to post this look one more time,” she wrote.
“Amazing work by @alexmunromakeup with my hair and makeup – all that coming straight from Bali and landing an hour before she did this look.”
In the photographs, Dokic wore a teal-blue ribbed dress beneath a belted jacket and matching pumps.
Her hair was styled in a wavy long bob and her makeup done in neutral tones, paired with white nail polish.
Fans and followers loved Dokic’s stylish look.
“Beautiful and classy as always,” one person wrote. “Sensational look.”
“You are beautiful inside and out, Jelena!” wrote another.
“Always dressed so elegantly,” a third said.
“What a fantastic Australian role model you are,” one follower added.
“You’re on fire. Thank you for being the amazing person you are.”
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