Coronation Street's Elle Mulvaney on Amy's big decision in Aaron story

Note: This story discusses topics including sexual assault.

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Coronation Street's Elle Mulvaney has weighed in on Amy Barlow's decision to expose Aaron Sandford in her sexual assault storyline.

Seeing Aaron moving on with his life without taking any real responsibility has been upsetting Amy, who tried to warn his girlfriend Mia to no avail. In upcoming scenes, Amy's loved ones will encourage her to publish the blog post she wrote following the assault.

"Amy's been putting all of her thoughts down on a page for quite some time since the ordeal because it feels like the only way that she can get it out of her head," Mulvaney said.

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"As she's typing it up she shows it to Summer who agrees and encourages her to do whatever she can to help herself," she continued. "Then Steve sees her writing it and comes up with the idea that she should just post it because everybody deserves to know exactly what he's like."

According to Mulvaney, there's been a shift within Amy, who initially experienced shame over her ordeal but is now ready to tell her truth.

"She's gone through that initial feeling of shame, initially she didn't want the street to know, she didn't want anybody to think of her differently or to connect her name and rape in the same sense," the actress said.

"But when Mia delivers that final blow up of: 'I don't believe you', Amy's just like: 'I'm done, I'm going to tell everybody whatever the consequences are because the world has to know.'

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Amy's decision will be met with mixed reactions, with Aaron's father Eric threatening to sue her if she doesn't delete the blog. What will Amy do? And will Aaron be finally held accountable?

The unsupportive reaction of officials doesn't seem likely to offer Amy the much needed closure she needs any time soon either, with Mulvaney adding: "She's just in disbelief that this is what the system is. She went to them and they did nothing to help her in the slightest but then when somebody else goes to the police they're first round to Amy's house to tell her off.

"She just feels absolutely betrayed by the system because she feels like she's done everything that she was supposed to do, she went to her mum and asked her advice, they went to the police, she's done everything by the book. She's gone through the system and done what she was meant to do, yet still she feels like she's the person who's committed the crime. She's facing more consequences for trying to warn another girl than Aaron is for raping her, which just feels crazy."

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If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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