Corrie actor James Craven discusses Aaron's future after big storyline

Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Coronation Street is embarking on a storyline exploring the topic of sexual consent with the characters Amy Barlow and Aaron Sandford. In scenes set to air soon, the two start kissing in bed after a few drinks, but Amy starts to feel sick and stops. Aaron, however, continues kissing her and decides to initiate sex.

Speaking to Digital Spy and other media, Aaron actor James Craven has discussed Aaron's initial reaction to being told that the sex wasn't consensual.

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"He’s definitely going to be shocked to hear that," the actor said. "From his point of view, he believes that he hasn’t done anything wrong in this moment so I think if someone told him that, he’d be shocked to hear that and he'd be devastated and it’d be really really stress inducing.

"The hard part for me when we got this story was to try and find a way to justify why he reacts in the way that he does. Obviously me as James knows that it’s wrong, but to find a way for the character to justify his actions was quite a hard thing...

"Maybe if he’d had the education beforehand and he’d been spoken to about it and he was thinking about it a bit more, then maybe he would’ve made a different decision."

The actor noted that his character has always been more straight laced in his past storylines, admitting: "I think that’s the really important thing about the story and that’s why it should be so important because despite the way that he is as a person, he’s still capable of doing something like that."

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Looking ahead to Aaron's future, James added that he hopes his character can make something positive out of his actions.

"Hopefully there’s some sort of — not necessarily redemption because how would you redeem yourself from that — but I’d like to hope that he tries to make amends for it and tries to realise his wrongdoings and tries to make up for it," he shared.

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

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Coronation Street has been working with the Schools Consent Project on Amy's storyline.

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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