David Challen shares importance of Corrie’s ‘difficult’ abuse storyline
Domestic abuse campaigner David Challen, who campaigned for the prison release of his mother Sally Challen who was the victim of coercive control at the hands of his father, has shared the importance of abuse storylines on soaps including Coronation Street.
Sally, who was freed in April 2019, had been charged with husband Richard's murder in 2010.
Corrie characters Yasmeen Nazir and Geoff Metcalfe are currently at the centre of a harrowing abuse storyline.
Geoff has manipulated and controlled new wife Yasmeen for months, isolating her from family and friends.
He's encouraged her to not leave the house, and spend her days cleaning instead, while also making her feel as though she's to blame for his behaviour.
Events escalate in upcoming scenes when Geoff rages at her for seeing a friend, before telling her close friends she has an alcohol problem.
Viewers have felt super uncomfortable about the storyline, with many not able to watch the difficult scenes.
Some have even called for the storyline to end, desperate for Yasmeen to get help.
Now, David has encouraged viewers to keep watching while expressing the importance of the storyline.
The son of Sally Challen, who spent nine years in prison for killing her husband Richard in 2010, reflected on their own experience while crediting the ITV soap.
Sally was a victim of coercive control which wasn't a criminal offence in England and Wales until 2015.
David and his brother James campaigned for their mother's release, which finally happened in April 2019.
Speaking of the storyline, David tweeted: "Coercive control storyline’s in soaps like Coronation Street may be difficult to watch but this is the reality of the abuse.
" #Coercivecontrol is an insidious, cumulative and bespoke form of abuse to the victim that can go on for years and even decades."
Followers supported his comments, liking and sharing the post which was in response to an article about fans calling for the soap to end the storyline.
David and mum Sally regularly hold public talks to discuss their landmark case, and coercive control.
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.
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