Emily Atack Receives Hundreds Of Messages Sexually Harassing Her Every Day
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Emily Atack has told of how she receives hundreds of messages sexually harassing her every day.
In an interview as part of UNILAD's 13 Minutes With series, the actor opened up about the horrific abuse she experiences online.
The former Inbetweeners star revealed how the constant harassment has left her fearing for her safety, with men claiming to know where she lives and even following her home.
When asked how many sexual messages she receives, Emily said: "I receive, on a daily basis... oh, I mean, it's hundreds, hundreds. I receive hundreds of messages."
The 31-year-old then read out just a couple of the graphic messages she has been sent by complete strangers.
She said: "I've never said these out loud, it's quite daunting sort of saying them on camera," before reading out: "'Let daddy make you cum like the filthy slut you are, let me impregnate you, you filthy cum whore. I know that you're a filthy cum slut, I know what you like.'
"Oh, this is an interesting one. 'I'm a dad of four kids, why don't you be naughty with me like you always are with everyone else and let this bad daddy spunk all over your face?'"
"I worked out the other day, before 10am, I'd seen three penises that I hadn't asked to see - three c**k shots that had been sent through.
"If I'd walked out into the street to get a coffee and three men had flashed me on the way, I'd be in pieces, I'd be traumatised. But there is honestly something about when it is online, and I hate to admit this, I've become so used to it, I just kind of go, 'Oh, for f**k's sake, ah, God, urgh.'
"And when I get these messages, I do always look on their profile to see what - I'm intrigued to see what sort of person they would be, what life they have. Sometimes it's completely anonymous, no photo, and they've obviously just created an account to just say all these awful things to God knows how many poor women.
"It goes from teenage boys, to middle-aged men, to really old men, old, single men that are probably desperately lonely, and older men, who are married with children, and they have daughters in their profile pictures."
Emily added that the torrent of sexualised messages and harassment she regularly receives has left her feeling scared.
"The horrible thing about it is that nobody is around to say to the person, 'Oi! Don't f***ing do that, that's horrific,'" she said.
"It's just, they're allowed to just do it and I'm subjected to it, on my own, in my home. I don't have a partner, I'm by myself, and it does make me feel scared to live on my own."
Recalling a particularly frightening experience that happened to her last year, Emily said: "Recently, a guy actually followed me home. I was walking home from the pub, and it wasn't even late, it was probably about nine o'clock or something, so it was dark.
"And he's riding up next to me on his bike and he's, like, 'I recognise you.'
"He was just saying all these things in my ear, like saying, 'I know what you like, I know what sort of girl you are, you f***ing love being single,' and 'let me show you what I can do to you, let me show you what a good time I can give you.'
"So I have that man on the bike, in my ear, but just constantly online."
But Emily says that her stand-up career has now helped her 'take back control' of her life and her sexuality.
She said: "I remember when I wrote my sketch show, which I'm so proud of, it's the best thing I've ever done in my life, and I'm a sexually liberated woman, I stand up there and talk about all these things.
"The reason why I'm doing that is because I'm trying to take ownership again of my sexuality.
"It really does feel like I'm kicking every single guy in the b******s that has ever, ever said anything along those lines to me."