Amy in Coronation Street realises Aaron raped her – and confronts him

This week in Coronation Street, Amy Barlow’s (Elle Mulavney) life will change forever as she wakes up and realises Aaron Sandford (James Craven) raped her.

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.

As the youngsters gather in Speed Daal for lunch, Aaron tells Amy that he’s struggling too, things went too far and they shouldn’t have slept together.

As Amy reels in shock at the enormity of his revelation, she later tells Aaron that she was far too drunk to consent.

In order to tell this story accurately and sensitively, Coronation Street is working with a charity called The Schools Consent Project, which was established in early 2015 and 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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