Love Island's Zara McDermott Working On Revenge Porn Documentary With BBC

"I am nervous to share these intimate details with the world but I hope that it will only make positive change and lessen the blame on us victims."

Former reality television star Zara McDermott is sharing her revenge porn story for a new documentary on BBC Three.

McDermott first rose to fame on ITV's Love Island in 2018. However, soon after she left the villa, Zara was told that naked photos of her had been posted online and had gone viral, making her the victim of revenge porn. 

"I feel passionate about helping other people in the situation I was in, so I’ll be sharing my story in detail for the first time," she says in a recent press release.

"Confronting issues head-on is the only way we can make change and I am putting my heart into this documentary in the hope that it will make people think twice about revenge porn."

Revenge porn includes the non-consensual distribution of intimate images with the intent to cause harm. Although the topic is being tackled head-on in Ireland, the behaviour is raging practically unchecked in the UK.

Cases reported to police have more than doubled in the last four years, with a recent study finding nearly 10 per cent of people in the UK having experienced it.

Nearly all the victims are women.

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ANNOUNCEMENT. Hi Everyone. Some of you may be aware that I have been a victim of Image Based Sexual Abuse, which is also known as Revenge Porn. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s basically when one person shares intimate images of videos of another person without their consent. I am really humbled and honoured to announce that the BBC and I are currently making a documentary to share my story. My main aim is to bring awareness to this issue, and be a voice for those who have suffered in silence and to help make a change. I am sharing my story and being my most vulnerable, emotional and raw. This has affected my life and me as a person tremendously, and for the first time I’m confident enough to properly speak out and share my story. I am nervous to share these intimate details with the world but I hope that it will only make positive change and lessen the blame on us victims. The documentary will be out in a few months time on @bbcthree. Thank you so much❤️

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McDermott took to Instagram to post about the new series, stating that she is now "ready to confront her past and move forward with her life".

"My main aim is to bring awareness to this issue, and be a voice for those who have suffered in silence and to help make a change. I am sharing my story and being my most vulnerable, emotional and raw," she wrote. 

"This has affected my life and me as a person tremendously, and for the first time I’m confident enough to properly speak out and share my story."

The documentary is set to be released later this year. 

Earlier this year, the act of 'upskirting' – taking a non-consensual photo up a person's skirt or kilt – was made illegal in England and Wales.

The followed the dogged campaigning of writer and activist Gina Martin who had an upskirt photo taken of her a year prior. The London-based freelancer – who was helped along the way by a number of MPs – drafted a bill making the practice illegal. 

Main image by @zara_mcdermott

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