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Zara McDermott says PRIMARY school children should be taught about consent on GMB

Zara McDermott campaigned for consent to be taught in primary schools during an appearance on Friday’s installment of Good Morning Britain

The reality star, 24, is blazing the promo trail for her new BBC documentary Uncovering Rape Culture, where she is seen to take cameras inside secondary schools to explore the matter from the pupils’ perspectives.

When a shocked Ben Shephard asked whether it was too early to bring the issue up with those under the age of 11, she confirmed she believed it was not.

Passionate: Zara McDermott campaigned for consent to be taught in primary schools during an appearance on Friday’s installment of Good Morning Britain

The show host said: ‘There will be some people watching thinking, “I don’t want my primary school aged children being exposed to these things.”‘

Zara argued: ‘If they’re being allowed on the internet which a lot of students are in primary school then who knows what they can be exposed to?

‘We have to start having these conversations young. Unfortunately it’s the world we live in now.’

The former government advisor recently revealed she was sexually assaulted and ‘almost raped’ by a boy wearing school uniform in her local park.

Force for good: The reality star, 24, is set to front the BBC documentary, Uncovering Rape Culture

Confident: Here, she takes cameras inside secondary schools to explore the matter

Force for good: The reality star, 24, is set to front the BBC documentary, Uncovering Rape Culture, where she takes cameras inside secondary schools to explore the matter

Controversial: When a shocked Ben Shephard asked whether it was too early to bring the issue up with those under the age of 11, she confirmed she believed it was not

Controversial: When a shocked Ben Shephard asked whether it was too early to bring the issue up with those under the age of 11, she confirmed she believed it was not

The Love Island contestant said she 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 said in the documentary: ‘I was just so shocked at how forceful he was considering he was like he couldn’t even have been 15.’

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.’

Double standard: Zara argued: 'If they're being allowed on the internet which a lot of students are in primary school then who knows what they can be exposed to?'

Double standard: Zara argued: ‘If they’re being allowed on the internet which a lot of students are in primary school then who knows what they can be exposed to?’

Tragic: 'We have to start having these conversations young. Unfortunately it's the world we live in now'

Tragic: ‘We have to start having these conversations young. Unfortunately it’s the world we live in now’

The incident happened four years ago before Zara had been on the ITV2 show or Made In Chelsea. She was saved by onlookers and reported the assault to the police but her attacker was never found.

Zara’s shocking story comes in time for the release of a BBC Three documentary about sex crimes among young people, which will air on November 29 and is available to view now on BBC iPlayer.

The reality star previously fronted the highly-acclaimed documentary Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn in which she detailed her two revenge porn ordeals.

Shocking! The former government advisor recently revealed she was sexually assaulted and 'almost raped' by a boy wearing school uniform in her local park (pictured in 2021)

Shocking! The former government advisor recently revealed she was sexually assaulted and ‘almost raped’ by a boy wearing school uniform in her local park (pictured in 2021)

The media personality was suspended from her secondary school after intimate photos which she sent a peer 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 when she was appearing on Love Island.

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.

Coming soon: Zara's shocking story comes in time for the release of a BBC Three documentary about sex crimes among young people, which will air on November 29

Coming soon: Zara’s shocking story comes in time for the release of a BBC Three documentary about sex crimes among young people, which will air on November 29

‘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?’ 

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this story visit Rape Crisis at www.rapecrisis.org.uk or call 0808 802 9999 

'They went worldwide': The reality star previously fronted the highly-acclaimed documentary Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn in which she detailed her two revenge porn ordeals

‘They went worldwide’: The reality star previously fronted the highly-acclaimed documentary Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn in which she detailed her two revenge porn ordeals


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