In a forthcoming plot involving Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney) and Aaron Sandford, Coronation Street will address the issue of non-consensual sex (James Craven).
The ITV soap opera’s March 3 episode will feature Amy and Aaron sharing a drunken kiss after arguing with Summer (Harriet Bibby).
Then, when they are in the bedroom, Amy will start to undress, confess that she is sick, and roll away from him.
In spite of this, Aaron keeps kissing her before going further and choosing to have sex with her.
Amy is completely unaware of what is going on and will only learn how far things have progressed the next day after horrifiedly realizing what has happened when she wakes up.
Viewers will follow Amy’s journey as she wrestles with her emotions and realizes that, despite Aaron’s efforts to convince her that they both wanted it, she was raped and couldn’t give her consent.
As Coronation Street explores the various responses people have to the events of that night and the understanding of non-consensual sexual activity, friends, family, and the police will soon become involved.
It is hoped that the plot will spark discussions among friends and family members about the issues surrounding young people’s sexual activity, such as consent, awareness, respect, and education.
Researchers from Coronation Street have collaborated with The Schools Consent Project, a charity that was founded in early 2015 and sends volunteers with legal training into schools to present workshops on the legal definition of sexual consent and major sexual offenses.
According to Monica Bhogal, director of The Schools Consent Project, “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.”
“We are pleased to have been consulted on this plot, which sensitively and carefully conveys important messages about the subject of sexual consent.” Its inclusion in such a comprehensive program highlights the importance of having consent conversations and the effectiveness of consent education.
Iain MacLeod, the show’s producer, emphasized the significance of discussing this subject.
“I have been struck by the number of people who have put their hands up to say they’ve had a similar experience to Amy since we started discussing this storyline.
This story will be incredibly relatable, and we hope that it will spark important conversations about consent among our audience.
Elle Mulvaney and James Craven will have the opportunity to display their considerable talents in the narrative, which will also be an engaging, in-depth examination of how Amy and Aaron deal with what happened that night.
The actress Elle Mulvaney was apprehensive about taking on the role of this story, but she realizes how important it is.
As it is such a significant issue, she admitted that she was initially anxious to take on the storyline because she wanted to make sure it was done correctly.
There are so many different perspectives from the characters, but it was crucial to us that when we portrayed that night, it was obvious that even though Amy doesn’t explicitly say it, she doesn’t agree. The characters were getting closer before the event, but just because they were friends doesn’t mean it’s okay for him to do what he wants; this shouldn’t be a grey area. As a result, we had to emphasize her typical behavior in the lead-up to the episode so that she didn’t act uncharacteristically.
Being a young actress on the show and receiving a storyline like this is huge because it demonstrates the team’s confidence in us and gives us the courage to take on the story.
It won’t end here either; it will be intriguing to see how the character changes because this will affect Amy for a very long time. Another thing we want to emphasize with this story is the impact it will have on her mental health and wellbeing moving forward.
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