Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Corrie's Chris Harper backs Barnardo's safety tips for teens

Chris Harper, who plays evil Nathan in Coronation Strreet, is backing a Barnardo's campaign offering safety tips for teenagers to help keep them safe from sexual exploitation.

Chris said: "Nathan is a master manipulator. Bethany thinks he loves her but he is isolating her from her friends and family so he can control her and exploit her sexually. Groomers like Nathan can target anyone but there are things you can do to help keep you and your mates safe.

"Barnardo’s has lots of top tips, including staying with friends your own age, always making sure someone you trust knows where you are and having charge and credit on your phone.

"It’s important to ask yourself if you’re in a safe situation and to be careful around drugs and alcohol, as they could make you an easier target for someone who wants to hurt you."

The eight tips from Barnardo's are:
  1. Stick with mates a similar age to you – a good mate won’t ask you to do stuff you’re uncomfortable with
  2. If you feel you can’t say no, ask yourself ‘am I in a safe situation?’
  3. If someone offers you something for free, ask yourself what will they want in return?
  4. Listen to your body – heart beating, stomach turning are signs you feel unsafe.
  5. Be careful what personal details (including photos) you give out online and in real life.
  6. Make sure you know where you are going and how to get home. Have credit and charge on your phone.
  7. Make sure someone you trust always knows where you are.
  8. Drinking and drugs can make you unaware of unsafe situations and you can become a target for people who may hurt you.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Doesn't this all seem terribly ironic? If he felt that strongly about child grooming, he would never have taken the part he plays.

Chartreuse said...

Apparently he took it because he wanted to be part of shining a light on it and therefore stopping it happening in the future.

Maricha said...

This storyline could be seen as a public service announcement so, on the contrary, only an actor who felt strongly about the need to warn young girls of the danger would be willing to risk becoming typecast as a pimp.

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