Beauty and the Geek: Emily McCarthy reveals she was a victim of sexual assault

Beauty and the Geek: Emily McCarthy reveals she was a victim of sexual assault


Beauty and the Geek star Emily McCarthy reveals she was a victim of sexual assault and says the show helped her heal

Beauty and the Geek star Emily McCarthy has revealed she was sexually assaulted shortly before filming the Channel Nine show.

The 25-year-old spoke of the ordeal in an Instagram post following her elimination on Monday night.

‘In October 2021, just months before the show, I was a victim of a sexual assault from someone I trusted,’ she wrote.

Beauty and the Geek: Emily McCarthy reveals she was a victim of sexual assault

Beauty and the Geek star Emily McCarthy (pictured) has revealed she was sexually assaulted before filming the Channel Nine show shortly

‘I was completely broken and was in a very dark place with no hope of finding light in my life again,’ she added.

Emily revealed she was contacted by Nine producers for an interview just three days after the traumatic experience.

‘Even though I was hesitant at first, I knew it was the world picking me back up off the floor and giving me an amazing opportunity to overcome the biggest hurdle ever thrown at me,’ she said.

The 25-year-old spoke of the ordeal on Instagram following her elimination on Monday night

The 25-year-old spoke of the ordeal on Instagram following her elimination on Monday night

She said her experience on Beauty and the Geek helped her ‘slowly start to heal’.

‘The people I met and the memories I made brought my sparkle back, and even though I don’t think I’ll ever fully get over what happened to me, I have learned that it does not define me and so many amazing things have happened since and will continue to happen moving forward.’

Emily continued: ‘I just want anyone who’s ever been a victim of this who has experienced such trauma, to know that things will get better.

‘You have so much to live for. Great things will come to you just please continue fighting, healing and regaining your love for life.’

She urged anyone with similar experiences to contact her because ‘no one should ever go through this alone’.

'In October 2021, just months before the show, I was a victim of a sexual assault from someone I trusted,' Emily wrote.  'I was completely broken and was in a very dark place'

‘In October 2021, just months before the show, I was a victim of a sexual assault from someone I trusted,’ Emily wrote. ‘I was completely broken and was in a very dark place’

Emily’s friends and co-stars praised her for speaking out.

Last year’s BATG winner Lachlan Mansell commented: ‘So sorry to hear this happened to you; no one ever deserves to go through something like that.’

‘So proud of you for speaking out when a lot of us are still finding our sparkle again. You are an inspiration,’ Bryanna Reynolds said.

Her partner on the series, Kiran Rao, also wrote: ‘This is very brave of you, Em. Thank you for speaking up and so glad to hear the BATG experience was healing for you.’

She also urged anyone with similar experiences to contact her because 'no one should ever go through this alone'

She also urged anyone with similar experiences to contact her because ‘no one should ever go through this alone’

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