Zara McDermott Revenge Porn documentary commissioned for BBC Three

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Zara McDermott caught the nation’s eye on Love Island in 2018, and the series propelled her to instant fame.

But as soon as she left the villa, she was told that naked photos of her had been posted online and had gone viral. McDermott had become a victim of revenge porn.

The incident left her devastated and looking for answers. Now BBC Three has commissioned a documentary into victims of revenge porn, which will feature Zara McDermott.

What is Revenge Porn?

Revenge porn is perhaps a poor name, as it is a far cry from actual porn you would find on sites like tubev.sex. Neither would you find revenge porn posted to a website like that linked.

Revenge porn is the sharing of explicit or sexual images/videos without consent – explicit content often made by someone for their significant other. These explicit images and videos become revenge porn when they are posted publicly online, often to social media or websites specific for revenge porn.

It is a phenomenon that is raging practically unchecked in the UK. Cases reported to police have more than doubled in the last four years; yet from 2017-18 only seven percent of reports resulted in a charge.

A recent study found nearly ten percent of people in the UK have experienced this invasive and deeply personal humiliation. Nearly all the victims are women.

Zara McDermott

McDermott is ready to confront her past and move forward with her life.

She wants to understand the motivation behind sharing such photos and make a difference for the thousands of young people across the country who are being so publicly victimised.

“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”, McDermott said.

“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.”

Important issue

Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three, said: “With thousands of women across the country having faced injustices as a result of revenge porn, it’s more important than ever for BBC Three to be exploring this issue.

“We’re grateful to Zara for sharing her story with us and hope it will make a difference to young lives around the UK.”

Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn (working title) is a 60-minute documentary for BBC Three, produced by Summer Films.

It was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three, Clare Sillery, Head of Documentaries Commissioning and Max Gogarty, Commissioning Editor.

The Executive Producers are Lucy Hillman and Sam Whittaker and the director is Angela Byrne.