(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog July 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)
This week in Coronation Street, the truth came out about bent copper Neil, Nathan's mate.
In an interview with Radio Times, (spoilers in the interview) Lucy Fallon, who plays Bethany Platt in Corrie, reveals what the fallout is going to be when the truth comes out.
Lucy says that Neil tries to shift the blame on to Bethany and he threatens her when he knows that she's reported him to Craig.
"Craig has been Bethany’s rock, "Lucy says. "He’s been there to support her and he hasn’t judged her. She feels safe around Craig - he’s one of the only people she feels she can talk to. Even after she made a drunken pass at him, he didn’t judge and he’s still visiting despite any awkwardness."
Asked if she's been surprised by the public reaction to the grooming storyline, Lucy says: "The response from the public has been amazing. Initially, there were a few people who said it was a tough watch and shouldn’t be on before the watershed, but these have been massively outweighed by people getting in touch to thank us for sparking debate on this topic and bringing it into people's homes. There’s been lots of people who’ve got in touch to say they’re talking about it at home, with their children and in schools, so that’s great to hear."
She also says: "I want to see a positive ending to this story for girls out there who’ve been through the same thing and may be scared to come forward. We feel it’s important for girls to know these people can be brought to justice."
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