Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney) has her whole world torn apart during tomorrow’s episode of Coronation Street as she is raped by Aaron Sandford (James Craven).
The ordeal will happen after Amy and Aaron spend time drinking in the flat. When Amy ends up in bed and tells Aaron she’s incredibly drunk and feels unwell, he climbs in and starts kissing her.
In the aftermath, Amy wakes up, hungover and with no memory of how she got into bed.
When Aaron chats to Amy in Speed Daal, he says that he’s struggling too and that they shouldn’t have slept together.
As Amy reels in shock, she tells Aaron that she was far too drunk to consent, but he goes all out to convince her that she wanted sex as much as he did.
In the week, having had an awful night’s sleep and missed her lecture, Steve (Simon Gregson) starts worrying about Amy.
Later on, unable to come up with an excuse, Amy agrees to meet Summer (Harriet Bibby) for a drink but when she sees Aaron there, she quickly leaves.
After an incredibly challenging and exhausting week, Amy discovers that Summer wants to go to Manchester University so she can still be near Aaron.
Amy advises her to look further afield, which leaves Summer confused.
In order to tell this story accurately and sensitively, Coronation Street is working with a charity called The Schools Consent Project, a charity established in early 2015 which sends legally trained volunteers into schools to deliver workshops on the legal definition of sexual consent and key sexual offences.
‘The Schools Consent Project firmly believes that learning about sexual consent laws allows young people to understand their rights and responsibilities and empowers young people by providing them with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to make safe, respectful, healthy choices around sexual consent’, Monica Bhogal, Director of The Schools Consent Project, said.
‘We are delighted to have been consulted on this storyline which conveys important messages around the topic of sexual consent with care and sensitivity. Its inclusion in such a wide-reaching show emphasises the crucial need for consent conversations and the power of consent education.’
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