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Sexism in Schools: Love Island’s Zara McDermott To Investigate Rape Culture In Schools Following Revenge Porn Doc

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Sexism in Schools: Love Island’s Zara McDermott To Investigate Rape Culture In Schools Following Revenge Porn Doc

Zara McDermott will investigate sexism and 'rape culture' in UK schools in a new documentary for BBC Three.

Following her acclaimed and deeply personal documentary on revenge porn earlier this year, Zara's new documentary comes after it emerged in the last month that rape culture is a growing problem at both private and state schools.

Zara will investigate
Zara will investigate

Detective Superintendent Mel Laremore, the head of the Met Police's rape and sexual offences unit, spoke out after more than 100 schools from across the country had been cited on an anonymous website called Everyone's Invited where students can share accounts of assault.

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Zara will speak to young women and girls about their experiences of "rape culture" and speak to those in both state and private schools to understand first-hand how these toxic behaviours happen in what is supposed to be a safe and secure environment.

Like an alarmingly high number of women in the UK, Zara has experience in this area, having been a victim of sexism, harassment and revenge porn twice, once when she was of school age. Zara wants to know why these crimes are normalised in society today and get to try to the root of the problem.

Zara's BBC Three documentary on rape culture comes after greater calls for the problem to be addressed in schools (Credit: Shutterstock)
Zara's BBC Three documentary on rape culture comes after greater calls for the problem to be addressed in schools (Credit: Shutterstock)

Zara will also hear from young men and boys about their perceptions and whether they fully understand the long-term impact that "boys will be boys" culture, which seems so prominent in schools, can go on to have.

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"After the success of my Revenge Porn documentary, I am both honoured and thrilled to be making my second documentary with BBC Three," Zara said.

The documentary comes after an anonymous website called Everyone's Invited received more than 7,000 submissions (Credit: PA)
The documentary comes after an anonymous website called Everyone's Invited received more than 7,000 submissions (Credit: PA)

"I was, and still am, incredibly overwhelmed by the response so far and to be working on another powerful, emotive, educational and eye opening film is going to be a fantastic next step.

"I hope that by speaking out and bringing awareness to such important yet often taboo topics, we can help people not just across the country, but the world too."

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BBC Three has not announced an airdate for Zara's new documentary just yet however Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn can be streamed on BBC Three right now.

For information or support, contact thesurvivorstrust.org

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV and Film, BBC, Zara Mcdermott, Sex and Relationships, TV Entertainment

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