Zara McDermott has said that being a victim of revenge porn "damaged" her as she opened up about the ordeal on Friday's Loose Women.

The 23-year-old Love Island star has spoken out on the issue after she became a victim on two occasions previously, and has now teamed up with Refuge to combat the matter.

Zara suffered during her stint on Love Island in 2018 when her private pictures surfaced online for all to see.

She told the Loose Women stars today: "That was one of the hardest things I've ever gone through in my life."

The media personality continued: "I think the problem is... there's so much emotional separation.

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Zara opened up about her revenge porn ordeal on Loose Women today

"There's no kind of real thought about the actual person in the image itself.

"It is really sad that this is the society we live in."

It was announced earlier this week Zara had teamed up with Refuge to tackle revenge porn.

Zara's private pictures surfaced online for all to see back in 2018.

At the time and after exiting the Love Island villa, the reality star described the ordeal as "sexual abuse" saying she felt totally "violated".

The Love Island star has now teamed up with Refuge to combat the matter

Since then, she has used her platform to tackle the very issue at hand, aiming to inspire and support others going through similar experiences.

In 2015, a law was enforced to prevent the disclosure of intimate pics however the charity want to take things even further and are campaigning to stop bullying and blackmail of victims.

Zara, who was formerly a parliamentary aide will align with representatives from Refuge to take the fight to MPs on Thursday, calling for an Amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill.

Taking to Instagram to announce her collaboration with the domestic abuse charity, she told fans: "Hey guys so I'm going to be talking about a very serious topic something that is really really close to me and something that I have been a victim of myself and that is revenge porn or as some people like to call it image based sexual abuse.

"I can't even begin to tell you how heartbreaking it's been to readapt thousands upon thousands of messages that I have received over the last few years from women who have also been victims of this.

"Some of the messages I have had have just shocked me to the core, like I can’t even begin to tell you what some women are going through right now."

Zara McDermott told the Loose Women that revenge porn 'damaged' her

She continued: "In recent years recent years the law has changed and it is now an offence to share an image or a video without someone's content.

"However, the problem here is the threat to share is often being used to control women in relationships which I think is absolutely heartbreaking.

"I'm currently working with the incredible charity called Refuge and they are the UK’s number one domestic abuse charity.

"Basically we are launching this incredible campaign called the Naked Prep campaign and we are looking for a very manner changing law that could make a difference to so many people's lives."

Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12:30pm

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