Coronation Street's Amy threatened with lawsuit in Aaron story

Note: This story discusses topics including rape and sexual assault.

Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Coronation Street's Amy Barlow receives a worrying threat next week as Aaron Sandford's father Eric vows to sue her.

Amy is left with a big decision to make as Eric puts pressure on her to delete a blog post that she has written about Aaron.

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Tensions in the ongoing storyline escalate when Amy becomes worried about Aaron reconnecting with his ex-girlfriend Mia.

Hoping that Mia will stay away from Aaron if she knows the truth, Amy explains that Aaron raped her after a night out. Mia reacts badly, cruelly accusing Amy of making the whole thing up.

When Mia confronts Aaron over Amy's revelation, he responds with a false version of events. Mia is fooled by his lies and she accuses Amy of unfairly dragging Aaron's name through the mud.

Later, DS Swain visits the Barlow house and tells Amy that a serious allegation of harassment has been made against her.

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Amy is saddened by the injustice of the situation, so she writes up an account of her whole ordeal over the past few weeks. Her father Steve McDonald encourages her to share the document with others, so Amy posts it online.

When word gets back to Eric, he vows to make Amy pay. After forming a plan, he visits Number 1 and threatens to sue Amy for libel.

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Later in the week, Amy receives a letter from Eric's solicitor, which warns her to take down the post or face a lawsuit.

Steve is adamant that Amy should stick to her guns, but Dee-Dee Bailey points out the tough reality that a libel case could cost them a fortune.

Amy's mum Tracy backs Steve's stance, promising that they'll fight this all the way.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.

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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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