Coronation Street viewers were outraged when producers implied the character of Bethany was gang-raped by three men after the watershed.
The story-line was tragically reminiscent of recent events surrounding the Rochdale grooming rings as well as swathes of other sexual abuse that’s been reported in our society.
Given that the episode of Corrie didn’t show anything graphic, simply a door shutting and dark implications, the reaction from viewers is surprising.
It is a soap opera examining the lives of everyday characters, so it is not surprising that traumatic story lines would occur, as they do in life.
The show's producer Kate Oates said to Digital Spy:
Nathan has collected these girls as he has gone along, really. For me, this is a feminist story for young women who have issues with self-esteem, who have been knocked and bullied. We have seen Bethany on diet pills, addicted to exercise pills, being rejected and having a really tough time. Her self-esteem was through the floor and she is very vulnerable.
In this situation, it's important to see that young women need support because there are dangers out there and they can be very susceptible to them.
— Cerys Emily (@SamSmithFan_XX) June 1, 2017
Times move really quickly and children and young people hide things from their parents, either through fear or just because that's the way things have always been.
You never really know until you stop, look, communicate and trust. It's about opening communication, talking, giving people safe places to talk and letting people know they will be listened to – that is absolutely key.
The producers of Coronation Street did an important thing in bringing in these themes to the show, and those complaining were shot down by Twitter users for being 'naive'.
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We wouldn't want to brush issues like this under the carpet and live in an 'ignorance is bliss' society would we?
Some Corrie viewers seem to think so despite sexual assault being a very real and important issue that should not be buried just because TV viewers feel uncomfortable watching it.