Emily Atack feels like she is ‘sexually assaulted’ with sick DMs

Emily Atack feels like she's "being sexually assaulted hundreds of times a day" because of the vile messages she receives online.

The Inbetweeners star has previously spoken out about getting explicit messages and being a victim of 'cyberflashing' – where people send unsolicited sexual images to others.

She told The Times that as well as obscene images and comments, she receives threats of rape and murder.

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The problem got worse amid the coronavirus pandemic, which Emily said left her feeling "ten times more isolated, vulnerable and alone".

"Because all of a sudden I was looking around me, thinking, ‘I’ve got no one to protect me here'," she said.

"I feel like I’m being sexually assaulted hundreds of times a day.”

The Celebrity Juice star said that while people can suggest blocking the trolls online, she is still left worrying that they could turn up on her doorstep.

She lives by herself and said that at night she is "terrified" if she hears a sound.

The sense of threat, she revealed, feels physical to her and is not confined to cyberspace.

Emily, 33, has long campaigned against online abuse and in the past, she has met with MPs to discuss what she has faced and what can be done.

The actress is now set to front a new show on the issue called Emily Atack: Asking For It.

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The BBC programme will look at how the TV star is sexually harassed online.

It will also explore why the blame for unwanted sexual attention is so often put on the victim.

It will air on Tuesday 31 January on BBC Two at 9pm.


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