Who is Emily Atack? Actress fears being 'raped and killed' after online sexual harassment campaigns

Who is Emily Atack? Actress fears being 'raped and killed' after online sexual harassment campaigns
Emily Atack also opened up about how the digital abuse impacted her mental health (Lia Toby/Getty Images)

NORTH LONDON, ENGLAND: In a new hard-hitting documentary, Emily Atack opens up on her fear of being "raped and killed" following the row of online sexual harassment campaigns she has been facing for years. "I'm terrified at times. The second I hear a bump in the night I go, 'Oh, that's it. I'm about to be raped and killed. I'm scared of being physically alone a lot of the time," Atack explained. The documentary 'Emily Atack: Asking For It?' explores online abuse and discusses what protection is offered to girls and women online to deal with the threat.

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Talking about how her mental health has been impacted by the vile harassment she faced, Atack opined on how online stalking leads to self-blame. "You go, 'Is it me? Is it what I wear, how I put myself out there? Is it because I talk about sex in my show, because I'm flirtatious, I'm single, I'm on my own?" she told the publication. "And before you know it, you're just splattered at the bottom of this staircase, blaming yourself. You're incredibly troubled and saddened and questioning who you are as a person," she added in the BBC Two documentary. She also talked about the 'graphic' and 'dark' messages she used to receive during the filming and release of 'The Inbetweeners.'

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Who is Emily Atack?

Emily Atack is an English actress, who is the daughter of actress, singer, and comedian Kate Robbins and musician Keith Atack. The 33-year-old actress rose to fame through the E4 sitcom series 'The Inbetweeners' in which she played the role of Charlotte Hinchcliffe. Her other roles in TV shows include Rock and Chips and The Keith Lemon Sketch Show.

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Atack has also been part of a few films including the British film Lies We Tell and the remake of Dad's Army. In 2010, the actress was also a contestant in Dancing on Ice. Atack's grandmother's cousin is Sir Paul McCartney and she is also the niece of actress Amy Robbins while actor Simon Shelton, popularly known for playing Teletubbies' Tinky Winky is her uncle. 

In her personal documentary, she spoke about the sexual comments and explicit messages she has been receiving online.  She says that the abusers blame her commenting that her "reputation" is not great and says that she is "always sleeping with different men." In April 2022, the actress hit out at her male fans for sending her unsolicited images of their penises on social media, according to Daily Mail. "Every morning when I wake up, I see a man's penis I haven't asked to see," she says in the opening line of her documentary. 

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Talking about how much online abuse has been normalized, she expressed how terrified is with the huge fan following for social media influencer Andrew Tate and conveys that this makes her fear for her safety. At a point in the documentary, she talked about cyber flashing and also recalled receiving a count of 37 messages containing explicit content and unsolicited images of private parts.

"This was the hardest thing I've ever filmed in my life and one of the hardest things I've ever had to go through and do. I had so many points where I felt like I couldn't carry on with it, I broke down a lot, and I had a lot of therapy throughout. It's revisiting trauma. It was a really difficult process," she spoke about her experience with the making of the documentary. The new documentary will be aired on BBC Two on January 31, 2023.

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