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Emily Atack says the sexual harassment she receives online is 'getting worse'

Amy Johnson
·2-min read
Emily Atack poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London on February 18, 2020. (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Emily Atack poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London on February 18, 2020. (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Emily Atack believes the sexual harassment she receives online is "getting worse".

The Inbetweeners star has said the number of sexual messages she's sent increased after she left the I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! jungle in 2018 and the content is now getting more and more concerning.

Writing for Grazia, Atack claimed she once woke up to 12 messages from a 53-year-old married man who called her a "filthy sl**" and said he wanted to "impregnate her" in his explicit comments.

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"My Instagram DM section has now become a realm of sexually abusive comments, pictures, videos (yes- videos!) that I have absolutely no control over. I’ve tried blocking people, they create new accounts, and blocking one person doesn’t stop 27 new reprobates from joining the dick pic queue," she explained.

The Celebrity Juice panellist added that while she tries to laugh them off as a coping mechanism, it isn't always so easy to do so.

"I’ve screen-shotted a few, laughed at them with friends, shared them on my story with silly captions so we can all have a good old laugh at it.

Emily Atack attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Award 2020 at Television Centre on July 31, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Emily Atack attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Award 2020 at Television Centre on July 31, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

"But it's not always a joke. It seems to be getting worse, as well as noticeably more disgusting and sexually aggressive," she said.

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Atack remarked that while she has reported real-life sexual harassment incidents to the police, she doesn't feel as though she can do the same when it happens online.

She added that although she feels able to "get on" with life, there are women "crippled with anxiety" over lewd comments and images.

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