Watchers of Coronation Street can expect to see Amy Barlow and Aaron Sandford discuss non-consensual sex.
Viewers of Coronation Street have witnessed Amy Barlow (Ellen Mulvaney) become heartbroken over the past few weeks as her boyfriend Jacob Hay (Jack James Ryan) left Weatherfield. However, things will take a dark turn in later scenes when she becomes the victim of extramarital sex with her close friend Aason Sandford (James Craven). James explained the significance of the plot and the soap’s hopes for provoking discussion exclusively to Express.co.uk.
Amy has been devastated ever since Jacob left the cobbles under the threat of his abusive father Damon (Ciarán Griffiths).
She still resides with her friends Aaron and Summer Spellman (Harriet Bibby), who continue to be her supporters.
However, the trio’s friendship will change irrevocably in upcoming scenes that will air the following week after Summer finds out that her boyfriend has been making late-night phone calls to his ex.
She confides in Amy about how she’s finding it difficult to trust Aaron because of his behavior but Amy tells her that she’s being needy and insecure.
Aaron later discovers Amy upset as a result of the argument, and Summer responds by making fun of Jacob.
Aaron is being promoted to mechanic after his probation, so he wants to celebrate at the cocktail night in the Bistro despite the tensions.
There is obvious sexual chemistry between Amy and Aaron as they prepare for the evening and enjoy a few drinks, and the friends soon find themselves kissing.
Amy quickly withdraws, overcome with guilt over betraying Summer, finds it difficult to watch them both at the Bistro, and she decides to leave.
It’s not all smooth sailing for the couple, though, as their constant bickering makes the night unpleasant for everyone and forces Aaron to leave as well.
When Amy and Aaron return to the apartment, they decide to play drinking games together, and before long, they have consumed all of the alcohol there.
Amy says she’s too drunk and feels sick as she collapses into bed and goes to get more alcohol in the bedroom.
Even though things take a dark turn when Aaron decides to get into bed with her and tries to kiss her, Amy is completely unaware of what happens as he decides to have sex with her.
Amy doesn’t begin to consider what happened the previous night until the following morning, when she is horrified to realize how far things have gone.
Actor James Craven gave an exclusive interview to Express.co.uk and other media outlets, where he discussed the upcoming non-consensual storyline and its significance.
When asked if he thought Aaron was uneducated about consent and incapable of reading nonverbal cues, the soap star admitted that he did.
“Who knows, maybe he would have made a different decision if he had the education beforehand, then he would have been spoken to about it and he’d be thinking about it a bit more,” he remarked.
“He hasn’t always been this evil or malicious of a person. That, in my opinion, is the really crucial aspect of this tale.
“That’s why it should be so significant; despite who he is as a person, he is still capable of acting in such a manner, and that’s what we need to emphasize here.
“If someone is in that state, because he’s had all the alcohol and his emotions are at their highest, it makes him vulnerable to get himself in a situation as well,” the speaker said.
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