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Emily Atack Reveals That ‘graphic’ Online Messages From Men Has Left Her ‘incredibly Troubled’

Emily Atack has admitted that she fears being ‘raped and killed’ as she details the vile campaign of online sexual harassment she has experienced since her teens.

The TV presenter, 33, is soon to launch her BBC Two documentary Emily Atack: Asking For It? where she deep dives into the reasons behind the ‘graphic’ and ‘dark’ messages she began receiving during her time on The Inbetweeners.

In her search for answers, Emily has admitted that she feels so frightened by the abuse while living on her own that the moment she hears a ‘bump in the night’, she thinks she is ‘about to be raped and killed’.

‘Dark’: Emily Atack has revealed that the graphic and dark online messages she receives from men incessantly has left her ‘incredibly troubled and saddened’

Speaking in an interview with this week’s Radio Times, Emily said the documentary did intensify her frustration as she finds little reason when confronting the men who send her such horrific explicit messages.

‘I’m terrified at times,’ Emily explained. ‘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.’

When asking a man by the name of Calum, who is one of hundreds who message Emily with crude sexual comments, why he does such a thing, he blocks her.

And it is not much better when people do reply to her – with one who ‘bombards’ her with abuse before apologising – but quickly blames her by saying her ‘reputation’ ‘isn’t great’ and says that she is ‘always sleeping with different men’.

Investigating: The TV presenter, 33, is soon to launch her BBC Two documentary titled Emily Atack: Asking For It? where she deep dives into the sexual harassment she has experienced since her teens when she starred on The Inbetweeners

She also told the publication about how the online stalkers can lead 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?”

‘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.’

Her documentary explores why she is sexually harassed online on a daily basis and seeks to understand why the blame for unwanted sexual attention is so often put on the victim.

Insight: And in her search for answers, Emily has admitted that she feels so frightened by the online abuse while living on her own that the moment she hears a ‘bump in the night’, she thinks she is ‘about to be raped and killed’

In April last year, Emily hit out at her male fans who bombard her with unsolicited pictures of their penises on social media.

The actress said she’s likely to receive ‘about 10 penises I have not asked to see’ before breakfast.

She told the Mirror at the time: ‘If someone sends me a sexually explicit message, I’m like, “Why have they said that to me?”

‘It makes you question who you are and why you’re single.’

Speaking about her love life, she also joked: ‘I try and stay away from things that aren’t good for me.

Documentary: Speaking to Radio Times, Emily said that the documentary did intensify her frustration as she finds little reason when confronting the men who send her such horrific explicit messages (pictured speaking to schoolgirls for her documentary)

‘It’s hard when you are a little mischievous, like me!’

It comes after Emily said she felt awkward filming sex scenes on her show The Inbetweeners.

The comedian rose to fame after playing Charlotte Hinchcliffe on the E4 comedy series from 2008 to 2010, but admitted it was strange filming intimate scenes with co-star Simon Bird – who played Will McKenzie – because of the age gap between the pair.

Emily, who was 17 at the time whilst Simon was in his late 20s, recalled the embarrassing moment she tried to break the tension.

Back then: And it is not much better when people do reply to her – with one who ‘bombards’ her with abuse before apologising – but quickly blames her by saying her ‘reputation’ ‘isn’t great’ (pictured as Charlotte Hinchcliffe in The Inbetweeners)

Speaking on Rob Brydon’s podcast, she said: ‘He had to get on top of me and I remember thinking I’m going to have to say something to break the ice, and I said, “How does it feel being on top of a 17-year-old?”

Interview: Emily told the Radio Times about how the online stalkers can lead to self-blame

‘He was like, “You’re 17! Oh my God.” He was mortified.’

The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! contestant also spilled the beans on the beauty regimes of her male co-stars, who included James Buckley and Blake Harrison.

She added: ‘Every time I walked into the dressing rooms they were having their chests shaved.’

Emily is currently a team captain on the ITV2 comedy panel show Celebrity Juice after replacing Holly Willoughby and revealed that Miriam Margolyes and Louis Theroux would be her dream guests on the programme.

The star said: ‘I think Miriam Margolyes needs to come on. She is just incredible. Big Narstie was a guest for the first show back this series and had us all crying with laughter. I’d love to have Louis Theroux on my team because it’s Louis Theroux.’

Home life: Her documentary explores why she is sexually harassed online on a daily basis and seeks to understand why the blame for unwanted sexual attention is so often put on the victim (pictured in the documentary with her mother Kate Robbins)