Emily Atack will star in the new BBC documentary on online sexual harassment

Emily Atack will star in the new BBC documentary on online sexual harassment

Emily Atack will star in the new BBC documentary on online sexual harassment

Emily Atack to star in new BBC documentary on online sexual harassment (Ian West / PA) (PA Archive)

Emily Atack to star in new BBC documentary on online sexual harassment (Ian West / PA) (PA Archive)

Emily Atack will share her sexual harassment experiences online as part of a new BBC Two documentary.

The 32-year-old British actress rose to fame after playing Charlotte Hinchcliffe in the E4 comedy series The Inbetweeners.

Atack, who previously talked about how she was forced to call the police after receiving rape threats, will now present a new documentary, Emily Atack: Sexual Harassment & Me, in which she will try to talk to some of the men who have her. send explicit content on social media.

Speaking about the documentary, Atack said: “With this documentary, I hope to find answers to the many questions I have been asking myself all my life and I hope it will help thousands of others as well.”

The Inbetweeners star, who has 1.8 million followers on Instagram, already spoke to The Sun on Sunday in April and said she was the subject of “relentless and disgusting” rape threats online that led to her calling her. police and “question his entire existence at times”.

At the time Atack said he had to move home four times as a result of targeted abuse, telling the newspaper: “They knew where I lived, they said what they would do to me, even to my family.

“I got the police involved.”

Atack has already campaigned against cyberflashing, in which people post unsolicited explicit images online, and spoke about the seriousness of the issue in Parliament in February.

In March 2022, the UK government announced that cyberflashing would become a new criminal offense with perpetrators risking up to two years behind bars.

The new film will see Atack continue the debate that brought her to parliament and explore whether it’s the law that can change things or whether the focus needs to be elsewhere.

It will also look at the men themselves and try to understand the psychology behind this behavior. As part of the documentary, Atack will talk about things that have happened in his own life and his experiences in attracting unwanted sexual attention from an early age.

Atack described her new documentary as a project “so incredibly close to my heart”.

She said: “For the past two and a half years I have been talking about my personal experiences of online sexual harassment.

“In that time, one thing became clear, I’m not alone.

“With this documentary I hope to find the answers to the many questions I have been asking myself all my life and I hope it can help thousands of others too”.

Speaking on the documentary, Catherine Catton, BBC Head of Entertainment and Factual Events, said: “We are delighted to have this important and timely film featuring Emily, to see if enough is being done to protect young women and girls online. and explore Emily’s personal experiences.

“It is an incredibly courageous undertaking for her and we appreciate her honesty and openness. We have no doubt that the film will contribute to a very important conversation ”.

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