Emily Atack sexual harassment documentary 'should be compulsory viewing' say fans
Viewers of Emily Atack's sexual harassment documentary have called for it to be compulsory viewing in schools in an effort to put a stop to abuse of women and girls.
The comedian and actor's documentary Asking For It? aired on BBC Two on Tuesday night and people watching it were both horrified by her experiences, and impressed at her bravery in speaking out.
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Former Inbetweeners star Atack talked about having been harassed and flashed in the street from a young age, and the onslaught of sexual harassment she has received on social media, including graphic pictures.
One viewer tweeted: "This Emily Atack documentary should be compulsory viewing for teenage boys. It’s horrific."
Someone else agreed: "The documentary I have just watched with @EmAtack about unsolicited sexual images being sent to females right up and down the country from men, should be a compulsory part of the sex education curriculum for young lads. An incredibly brave thing to do. Well done."
Another person wrote: "I think the documentary should be shown in schools."
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Atack talked about her feelings of shame at having received the messages, and eventually realising it was not her fault that she had been targeted.
One viewer tweeted: "This @EmAtack documentary needs to be watched by everyone. Bravo for making it, we’ve all been subjected to unwanted pics."
Someone else wrote: "What a bloody excellent documentary by @EmAtack, should be shown in schools across the country."
One parent said the documentary had already prompted conversations at school, tweeting: "My kids came home from school today talking about @EmilyAtack’s #askingforit doc having covered this at school. Important issues around ethics, consent and criminality for all pupils. Good chats at home too."
A viewer commented: "This Emily Atack documentary is tough to watch. There’s a serious problem with masculinity and male sexuality and violence we’re not talking about enough. What a brave, brilliant lady."
Someone else agreed: "Emily Atack is so brave. I don’t know one woman who hasn’t been sexually harassed in some way, on or offline, and, despite the psychological damage it causes, such vile behaviour is totally normalised. We need change - in policy, in attitudes, and in accountability."