Emily Atack admits she is sexually assaulted 100 times a day
‘I’m just trying to live my life as a free woman’: Emilie Atack breaks down as she admits to an online harassment campaign that makes her feel sexually assaulted ‘100 times a day’
Emily Atack broke down on Tuesday while admitting she feels sexually assaulted “100 times a day” as a result of the rude messages she receives on social media.
The actress explores the alarming rise in online sexual harassment for a new BBC2 documentary Emily Atack: Askingor It after being subjected to repeated daily abuse via her Instagram and TikTok accounts.
Featured in Tuesday’s edition of This Morning, Atack, 33, revealed that one of her abusers repeatedly bombarded her with inappropriate messages based on her regular social media updates.
Emotional: Emily Atack broke down on Tuesday while admitting she feels sexually assaulted “100 times a day” as a result of the rude messages she receives on social media
She also claimed that some male followers wrongly assume she’s “up for it” based on her Instagram content, even though she’s never met the actress.
She said, “I’m just trying to live my life as a free woman without being bullied… When you get messages like this one where you feel lonely and isolated, it’s a downward spiral of self-doubt, shame and doubt.”
Atack, who rose to fame on the teen sitcom The Inbetweeners, revealed that one of her online abusers is a married father who often creates fake accounts to send her sexually explicit messages.
Nightmare: Appearing in this morning’s Tuesday edition, emotional Atack reveals one of her abusers repeatedly bombards her with inappropriate messages
Shattered: The actress was comforted by host Holly Willoughby as she discusses the alarming rise in online sexual harassment targeting women
She told hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Scofield, “He says he puts his kids to bed and then comes in on his own to abuse me.”
Then, well, he sometimes asks if I’m going to get involved with him and his wife. Then he says: “I want to do it behind my wife’s back while the children are asleep.”
“He calls himself ‘Papa Dave’ to me and keeps saying the word ‘Papa’, which is really terrible psychologically.”
Exit: The actress was seen arriving at the BBC studios on Woman’s Hour during her promotional campaign for new show Emily Attack: Ask for It
With good reason: Atack is campaigning for stricter laws on harassment as a result of the impact on her and her family’s mental health.
Abuse: Atack checks her social media messages in a still from her new show on BBC2
Attack has previously explained her motivation for advocating for stricter laws on harassment and the impact this has had on her and her family’s mental health.
She told BBC Monday Breakfast: ‘We were in lockdown, everyone feels really isolating and I’ve noticed all my life the behavior men throw at me.
But I’ve really noticed an increase in violent sexual threats being sent to me through social media.
“And it was getting worse and I used humor as a way of coping with it and putting it out there to say is this normal?”
I shot things and just wanted to see the reaction. It was great to see how big this problem was.
Wrong impression: She claimed some male followers wrongly assumed she was ‘eligible’ based on her Instagram content, even though she had never met the actress
Speaking of the sordid things that had been sent to her, she said, ‘I have gone through things which unfortunately happened to me personally too.
The reason I say online abuse is as bad as it is on the street, is because the feeling I get when I post something triggers the same feelings as if it happened on the street.
When someone sends me a message like that I can delete it but that message has already arrived and I have to go through my day to see it.
People ask me to wave no matter by blocking and deleting. All of these behaviors can escalate and become much worse.
Emily Atack: Askingor It airs on Tuesdays at 9:00pm on BBC2.