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Muireann O'Connell urges followers to 'call out the creeps' after receiving vile messages

Others who have received similar messages shared words of support
Murieann O’Connell

Murieann O’Connell

Neasa Cumiskey

Virgin Media’s Muireann O’Connell has encouraged her followers to “call out the creeps” after receiving a series of sexualised messages.

The presenter took to Instagram after the latest DM she received “sent her over the edge.”

In a video, Muireann spoke to her followers about her disgust at receiving such “gross” messages, and said: “There was some d**k pics last week and I'm just sick of it. I don't go into my DMs because of stuff like this.

“Do you know what? Can we not just call out the creeps? Just go ‘No, I don't care I'm just going to put your profile up.’

“This is for any single, any woman, any man, regardless of sexuality, if anyone just makes you feel that little bit uncomfortable, why are you being the one being uncomfortable? Why can’t it be them?

“It just drives me insane... It’s gross.”

Muireann continued her rant in the post’s caption, writing: “Can we just CALL OUT THE CREEPS.

“Why are you the one who’s made to feel uncomfortable when you get an unsolicited, sexualised message?

"Why do they get off scott free, knowing that they’ve made you uncomfortable. That’s what most creeps want. They don’t want a reply.

"It’s control. Yes, this is an online world and it’s not real but if you have a tendency to be a creep online, you’re definitely a manky creep in real life, no matter how much you hide it.

"What does blocking and reporting do to these people? Nothing. They just set up a new profile.

"No one should have to be worried about standing up for themselves and saying “no more. All genders, all sexualities, non-binary people #calloutthecreeps.”

Others who have experienced similar messages shared some words of support in the comments section.

Lorraine Keane wrote: “You are so right Muireann. We need to call out sexual harassment, assault etc If the perpetrators were punished properly and publicly there would be a LOT less of it. We need to do this... together. IT IS NOT OK! I’m with you.”

Another follower said: “You are totally spot on, there is no accountability, they just keep feeding the creepy habit and getting away with it! Reporting or blocking achieves absolutely nothing, which is so deflating when your intentions are genuine. Absolute fair play for highlighting this.”

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