Beauty and the Geek star Emily McCarthy reveals she was a victim of sexual assault before filming

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

Emily McCarthy has revealed she was a victim of sexual assault prior to filming Beauty and the Geek.

The 25-year-old spoke out about the ordeal on Instagram, following her elimination from the show on Monday night.

‘In October 2021 just months before the show I was a victim of a sexual assault from someone I trusted and was meant to be a close friend,’ Emily wrote.

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

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

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

Emily revealed she was contacted by Channel Nine 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 continued.

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

The 25-year-old spoke out about the ordeal on Instagram, following her elimination from the show on Monday night

The 25-year-old spoke out about the ordeal on Instagram, following her elimination from the show on Monday night

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

Emily went on to say: ‘I just want anyone who’s ever been a victim of this who have 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 also urged anyone experiencing similar battles to contact her as ‘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 and was meant to be a close friend. I was completely broken and was in a very dark place with no hope of finding light in my life again,' she wrote

‘In October 2021 just months before the show I was a victim of a sexual assault from someone I trusted and was meant to be a close friend. I was completely broken and was in a very dark place with no hope of finding light in my life again,’ she wrote

Emily’s co-stars commented on the post, and praised her for speaking out on social media.

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

‘I’m so happy you were part of BATG this season, that the experience helped you to heal and showed you there are guys out there who will treat women properly and respectfully.’

‘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 experiencing similar battles to contact her as 'no one should ever go through this alone'

She also urged anyone experiencing similar battles to contact her as ‘no one should ever go through this alone’ 

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