Emily Atack pledges to keep accepting sexy roles as she fights back against abusive trolls
Emily Atack has vowed to keep accepting more sexy roles despite her cruel online abusers.
The former Inbetweeners star, 33, recently opened up about the abuse she has faced from social media trolls in the documentary Emily Atack: Asking For It.
Despite much of the abuse being of a sexual nature, Emily insisted she won’t let that stop her from accepting more daring roles in the future.
Speaking to The Mirror, she said: ‘I’d pose in my pants again.
‘I am cheeky, I am flirty… I still want to play sexy roles. I should be able to do that without the sexual harassment and abuse.’
The documentary – which aired 31st of January on BBC Two – shows a vulnerable side of Emily as she tells her story of suffering vile abuse she’s copped online.
In an emotional scene from the documentary, Emily erupted into tears as she hugged her mother Kate after heartbreakingly admitting she blamed herself for the barrage of unsolicited messages from men online.
In January, Emily appeared on This Morning where she broke down in tears after revealing the abuse she receives on social media.
She said she has become as ‘easy target’ for online predators because she’s single with an unwarranted reputation for ‘sleeping with lots of men’.
She said: ‘I am just trying to live my life as a free woman without being harassed… when you get messages like that you feel so alone and isolated, it’s this spiral of self doubt and shame and doubt.’
Emily said one of her regular online abusers is a married father who frequently creates fake accounts in order to send her sexually explicit messages.
‘He says that he tucks his children into bed and then comes alone to abuse me,’ she told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.
‘Then, well, sometimes he asks if I’ll get involved with him and his wife. Then he says: ”I want to do it behind my wife’s back while my children are asleep.”
‘He calls himself ‘daddy Dave’ to me and constantly says the word ‘daddy’, which is really psychologically horrible.’
In scenes from her documentary, Emily broke down in tears as she laid bare her feelings about receiving hundreds of unsolicited messages and pictures from men online.
Emily wiped away tears as she told her mum Kate Robbins she finds it ‘difficult’ to talk about because of how it affects her and the people around her.
She told Kate: ‘I see the pain in your face when we try and talk about things. We can’t talk about them because it’s too difficult.’
Kate said: ‘It’s very difficult – the overriding feeling of guilt is a difficult one to explain to people.
Beginning to cry, Emily said: ‘I don’t know why I’m getting upset I think I’m really tired. Sorry it’s just so uncomfortable.’
Coming over to hug her daughter, Kate said: ‘It’s not your fault, don’t blame yourself.’
Emily then reflected on her teen years, revealing that she got more drunk than others at parties and went off with boys.
She shared that she was scared of men and she adopted the behaviour as a coping mechanism, opening herself up to men and boys from an early age after having her first sexual experience with an 18-year-old when she was 12.
Emily has been exploring the inappropriate unsolicited sexual messages she receives from men and the fact that she blames herself for them.
She said: ‘What I really want to get out there is that that girl at school, we all know one, the girl who gets more drunk than everyone at a party and she’s going off with all the boys, there’s another story there.
Emily continued: ‘She’s not doing that because she wants to, because she likes sex and getting her boobs out, she feels that there is no other way to be at the moment and she’s looking for something in all the wrong places.
‘It’s too easy to go ‘s**g’ but you shouldn’t have to search for those things when you’re 13 years old. If you are, there’s obviously some pain going on.
‘I am speaking from experience, I have never been in so much pain than when I was behaving that way.’
The star then revealed that she was treated a certain way by men and women afterwards.
She said that is why she thinks the messages she receives are her fault, adding: ‘Men fire that at us ‘you asked for it’, it’s avoiding accountability.’
But Emily then said: ‘We’re not asking for it. It’s their behaviour that has to change.’
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