Marie Claire gets the nod from its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission on some of the items you choose to purchase.
She says she was contacted “from a very young age”.
Emily Atack has shared today that she will be directing a new documentary focusing on online sexual harassment.
Trigger warning: discusses themes of sexual harassment
The 32-year-old actress is best known for playing Charlotte Hinchcliffe in The Inbetweeners but have spoken openly about their own experiences of online sexual abuse in the past.
She will present the BBC Two documentary – called Emily Atack: Sexual harassment and me – which aims to shed light on the still-sometimes-taboo subject.
Sharing her own experiences, she will cover having to call 999 after receiving multiple rape threats and even trying to contact the men who sent her explicit and inappropriate content on social media.
Of the new show, she said: “With this documentary, I hope to find answers to the many questions I’ve asked myself throughout my life, and I hope it will continue to help thousands of others as well.”
Atack has long campaigned for more awareness of online sexual harassment – in February she spoke to the UK Parliament about how harmful cyber-flashing – that is, sending unwanted explicit images on social media – can be.
Just a month later, the government made cyberflashing an official crime in the UK. Perpetrators now risk up to two years in prison.
In the documentary, Atack will not only share his own experiences, but question whether the law change has actually stopped perpetrators from sharing explicit images.
She will also talk to top psychologists about why, exactly, people feel inclined to share sexually explicit content with people they don’t know.
Speaking about the show, she described the subject as “so incredibly close to my heart.”
She explained: “For the past two and a half years, I have been speaking out about my own personal experiences of online sexual harassment.”
“In that time, one thing has become clear, I am not alone.”
“With this documentary, I hope to find answers to the many questions I have asked myself throughout my life, and I hope it will continue to help thousands of others as well.”
Well done Atack for continuing to campaign on such an important issue.
If you or someone you know has been affected by the topics in this article, know this – you are not alone and help is out there. Rape Crisis is on hand to help rapecrisis.org.uk.