Emily Atack: ‘Is it My Fault I Get Sent Explicit messages?’

“Every morning when I wake up I see a picture of a naked man I didn’t ask to see.

actress, presenter, and comedian Emily Atack

Actress, presenter, and comedian Emily Atack, 33, gets flashed hundreds of times a day – not on the street, but online. “It’s the ultimate disrespect,” she says. “It’s the last thing to go, ‘I think you’re reaching out and you’re up for it.’” Emily – who made a BBC documentary on the issue – has had clear messaging on her social media accounts for years Have been meeting But his volume and tone intensified during the lockdown when he became even more sexually aggressive.

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It was slowly chipping away at me,” she says.

Emily was 17 when she was cast as Charlotte Hinchcliffe in the popular Channel 4 coming-of-age comedy, The Inbetweeners. “She was the popular girl at school,” says Emily. “The point is that yes, it’s a fictional character, but obviously people associate you with the characters you play.”

suggestion to the loved one to change his behavior

From a very young age, Emily says she began receiving unwanted attention from certain men. She says that to try to protect her, her loved ones would suggest she change her behavior, like not wearing makeup or a skirt to school. “It’s so out of control, the only way the people who love you can control it, is you have to change,” she says. “It all goes somewhere, so I started looking within myself. My whole life I only blamed myself for that.”

Emily carried this sense of guilt into her adult life.

I’m nervous about going public about it all because I post bikini pics on Instagram, I talk about sex in my shows and I’m very cheeky and flirtatious. What do you expect to make up for this negative attention?’” You sit there and go, ‘Is this my fault? Is this something I’m putting out there?’

Emily always used humor to lighten the messages.

Used as a defense mechanism, but she says it’s no longer fun. “If we really look at the seriousness of it, young girls are getting messages like this on Instagram,” she says. “What if it was your daughter, your niece? It’s a more serious discussion after the laughs stop.”

Emily talks to some girls from the middle school

Research from 2020 found that 76% of girls aged 12–18 had been sent unsolicited nude photos of boys or men, commonly known as “dick pics”. When Emily talked to some of the middle school girls, she was shocked that they all said they had received sexually explicit messages online. “What surprised me most was that I thought girls going to say it’s the boys at school who are a little out of control and on their phones, but it’s older men who are approaching these girls,” she says.

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