‘He was forceful’: Zara McDermott reveals she was sexually assaulted and ‘almost raped’ by a boy wearing school uniform
Zara McDermott has revealed that she was sexually assaulted and ‘almost raped’ by a boy wearing school uniform in her local park.
The Love Island star, 24, was pinned up against a fence by the teenager in broad daylight after he yelled abuse at her and followed her from the high street.
Looking back on the terrifying ordeal, Zara told The Sun: ‘I was just so shocked at how forceful he was considering he was like he couldn’t even have been 15.’
Awful: Zara McDermott has revealed the horrifying moment that she was sexually assaulted and ‘almost raped’ by a boy wearing school uniform in her local park
Explaining how young her attacker was, Zara said: ‘He had a really freckly face, a really boyish face.
‘He was getting closer and closer and that’s when I started to feel a little bit scared. I could hear him shouting things at me.’
The incident happened four years ago before Zara had been on Love Island or Made In Chelsea.
She was saved by onlookers and reported the assault to the police but her attacker was never found.
Traumatic: The Love Island star, 24, was pinned up against a fence by the teenager in broad daylight after he yelled abuse at her and followed her from the high street
Zara’s shocking story comes as she’s set to appear in a BBC documentary about sex crimes among young people, which will air on November 29.
The reality star previously fronted the highly-acclaimed documentary Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn in which she detailed her two revenge porn ordeals.
The media personality was suspended from her secondary school after the photos went ‘viral’ in her community’ – an experience she confessed ‘tainted’ her teenage years.
The pictures she sent to her ex-boyfriend were also circulated among others, but this time, on a larger scale.
Scary: She was saved by onlookers and reported the assault to the police but her attacker was never found
Zara explained: ‘I was in a relationship and we broke up and he forwarded images onto his phone. I think his friends remembered that they had those images of me and circulated them to their friends. They went worldwide.
‘You’re looking at two very different scenarios here – a 14 year old girl, when we are teenagers we don’t really think about consequences of actions.
‘We don’t forward plan, I think a lot of people can say they’ve made decisions with large consequences in their teens. When I was 21, I was a consenting adult in a trusting relationship.
‘There’s people who say you shouldn’t trust the person you’re in a relationship with and I beg to differ. Cases are so prevalent as they do trust their partners, why wouldn’t they?’
New project: Zara’s shocking story comes as she’s set to appear in a BBC documentary about sex crimes among young people, which will air on November 29
The influencer also insisted that while cases are more prevalent in women, men’s experience of revenge porn shouldn’t be ‘discredited’.
The blonde added: ‘I’ve had a fair few men who came forward and told me their stories. I wonder if there’s an imbalance of men who don’t feel comfortable coming forward.’
On her advice to the younger generation, she concluded: ‘Watch the documentary. It’s a huge education tool…
‘Those conversations between children and parents, grandparents and teachers are usually really awkward.
‘It’s hard to open up as it is a sensitive topic and still a taboo. I would say definitely watch it, use it as a talking point and start speaking to your family and friends.
‘Start speaking to your family and friends – the more people that support you, the better you will feel if you’ve been a victim.
‘Unfortunately, we have to look at the consequences of sending these images… as tough as it is. The doc really outlines every eventuality. I think it’s moving and I worked really hard on it.’
‘They went wordlwide’: Zara explained she was in a relationship and when she broke up her ex forwarded the images and they circulated in her town and around the world