Zara McDermott brands her revenge porn hell 'the worst thing'

Zara McDermott spoke to the Loose Women panel about her heartbreaking experiences with revenge porn and her 'damaging' stint on Love Island. 

The reality star, 24, who now stars on Made In Chelsea, detailed how she was victim to the crime twice and is now working with Refuge charity to try and overhaul and strengthen laws surrounding the heartbreaking crime. 

The day before her Loose Women appearance, Zara, who is making a documentary on revenge porn, joined charity officials from Refuge in Parliament Square to lobby for changes in rules about revenge porn.  

Pained: Zara McDermott spoke to the Loose Women panel about her heartbreaking experiences with revenge porn and her 'damaging' stint on Love Island

Pained: Zara McDermott spoke to the Loose Women panel about her heartbreaking experiences with revenge porn and her 'damaging' stint on Love Island

Refuge is calling for anyone who threatens to share intimate photographs of another person without their consent to face prosecution. A law against disclosing intimate photos came into force in 2015 but the charity wants to see this strengthened.

Speaking on Loose Women about her own experience, she said: 'I’ve been a victim of revenge porn, or what is called Image Based Sexual Abuse, twice in my life...

'Notably, when I came out of Love Island, and came out to images of me, what felt like, circulating around the whole world. It was one of the hardest things I went through in my whole life.'

On how to help girls going through the same thing, she went on: 'I think that telling someone to never sending an image of themselves or a video or do anything in a relationship in a digital way... 

Shock: Zara admitted she would not to Love Island if the opportunity arose

Shock: Zara admitted she would not to Love Island if the opportunity arose 

Campaign: The reality star, 24, who now stars on Made In Chelsea, detailed how she was victim to the crime twice and is now working with Refuge charity to try and overhaul and strengthen laws surrounding the heartbreaking crime

Campaign: The reality star, 24, who now stars on Made In Chelsea, detailed how she was victim to the crime twice and is now working with Refuge charity to try and overhaul and strengthen laws surrounding the heartbreaking crime

'It’s quite naive to ask someone to do because we live in a hugely digital age right now, it's only going to get more prolific in society... 

'So I think that trying to do it safely is a really interesting concept to think about and something I thought about a lot, how can you educate people safely?...

'And also and educating people who would share the images about the implications of their actions and them knowing it's illegal and is an offence, I think could change a lot. 

When asked if she would do Love Island again, she stated: 'I wouldn’t do it again personally, just because of my experience and how it has damaged me. There’s probably millions of other people who would'. 

Opening up: 'It’s quite naive to ask someone to do because we live in a hugely digital age right now, it's only going to get more prolific in society'

Opening up: 'It’s quite naive to ask someone to do because we live in a hugely digital age right now, it's only going to get more prolific in society'

On Thursday, Zara joined Refuge ambassador and domestic abuse survivor Natasha Saunders and Refuge policy manager Cordelia Tucker O'Sullivan outside Parliament.

She is joining charity officials in calling for an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill when it returns to the House of Lords in the coming days.

According to Refuge data, one in seven young women have been threatened this way despite the law against revenge porn - often by current or former partners.

The charity says victims face barriers to justice because the act of making these threats is not yet a criminal offence.

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