Her 16-year-old character Bethany is currently at the centre of a grooming storyline, and while she is under the impression that she’s in a relationship with Nathan, she has no idea he is actually grooming her for a sex ring.
Lucy has now shared her thoughts the storyline, which has been praised by a number of charities, explaining what it was like meeting a young woman who had been through a similar experience to Bethany.
“When we met I was really crying when we were talking to her,” Lucy told the Sun. “When you’re young, especially like Lucy, she was really vulnerable and didn’t have a good family support behind her so she went to social media to try and speak to people because she was lonely and that’s how it started with her.
At present, the recommended lower age limit for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat is 13.
Lucy’s ‘Corrie’ storyline will take another dark turn next week, when Nathan forces Bethany to have sex with one of his friends.
The end is in sight for Bethany though, as Christopher Harper, who plays abuser Nathan, previously revealed that the storyline will wrap up this summer.
Explaining that he will be leaving the soap, Christopher said: “[Nathan]’s not going to hang around. It’s the right decision. What we really want is to tell it right.
“Anyone watching it who fears for themselves or someone else, will know that there is somewhere to go and that there’s a very supportive and very loving network of survivors out there who will help you get through it.”
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