The actress and comedian feared for her own safety when an obsessive stalker threatened to violently and sexually attack her while claiming to know where she lived
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Emily Atack says she had to contact police after receiving rape threats online.
The 32-year-old actress and stand-up comedian received morbid threats from an obsessive online stalker who found out where she lived – and she’s often bombarded with morbid and sexual content from fellow fans at other times.
The concerned star turned to authorities for help – but says she is also being targeted online by many other obsessed fans who are sending her unsolicited sexual content.
However, the TV star was disappointed and concerned when online privacy rules ultimately led police to a dead end and the man who threatened them could not be tracked down.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Emily said: “There was this one time things were really, really bad and I called the police. It was pretty stalkerish – this person said they knew where I lived and said what they would do to me, even to my family.
“I called the police and it was the last time. To be fair the police have tried to be helpful, they’ve taken care of them, but they’ve hit a dead end because they don’t have access to IP addresses and twitter etc won’t give them out.
“So I just lost – you put your trust in the police, the people who are supposed to protect you, but I just lost faith in that system. There is only so much you can do.”
In the same interview, Emily spoke about the relentless flow of graphic content she receives from some male followers online.
She says some men send them photos of themselves pleasuring themselves — though she never claimed or saw the footage.
She is campaigning for a law change to outlaw such lewd interactions – much like people who flash others on the street would be arrested and charged.
She argues that the internet is like the street or the office in that people spend so much of their lives online and that it is unacceptable for women to “just accept” that some mentally ill men are sending them graphic content.
Emily claims she receives up to 200 explicit or sexually explicit messages a day.
And while some of her close friends have suggested that she could simply “ignore” the explicit DMs that are sent to her, she instead wants to take action to prevent or criminalize those who do.
She also says she has repeatedly moved as she doesn’t feel safe living alone and has been spooked by obsessive fans who have been sending threats and seemed to know where she lives.
Earlier this year, Emily revealed to fans that she’d moved because of “privacy issues.”
It was reportedly the third time Emily had moved in two years, having lived in a London flat in 2020 and a property in Camden last year.
Taking to social media about the recent move in January, she wrote at the time: “Been a little quieter here last week and it was good for the soul. But I really wanted to say a big thank you to this loved one @davisandmac.
“I secretly moved AGAIN last week. For various reasons, mainly privacy concerns. And I think I may have found a place to finally settle down.”
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