Watch Corrie's Nathan offer Bethany to his friend Neil

Joe Anderton
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From Digital Spy

Coronation Street's controversial grooming storyline has taken a dark turn tonight (March 15), as Nathan Curtis promises his friend Neil that he will be the first person to have sex with Nathan's 16-year old girlfriend, Bethany Platt.

Bethany and Neil briefly chat at a party (secretly a sex ring), with the former telling Nathan that she thinks Neil is "dead nice".

Little does she know that Neil is "impatient" and has to be persuaded by Nathan to wait until Bethany is "ready".

Viewers took to Twitter to describe the scenes as creepy and uncomfortable, but praised the soap for shedding light on the subject:

Although the story is controversial and difficult to watch, this isn't the first time that it has been supported by viewers.

Bethany actress Lucy Fallon said that reading through this scene "made (her) skin crawl" but this story needed to be told to raise awareness of a very real issue.

Meanwhile, Nathan actor Chris Harper said that he met with abuse victims in order to portray the storyline as accurately as possible.

Photo credit: ITV

Coronation Street airs on ITV.

Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 (www.nspcc.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline on (1-800-422-4453) or the American SPCC (www.americanspcc.org).

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