Brave Bethany Platt has stood up to her evil sex abuser Nathan Curtis in Coronation Street by summoning the courage to reach out for help in public – is she about to finally escape his clutches as a family of strangers calls the police on the teenager’s behalf?
Bethany was planning to flee with Nathan was was unsettled to realise that he was sending her to Belgium along. Her fears were compounded even further when he destroyed her phone so that she couldn’t be tracked and she began to see quite how much danger she was in from the evil manipulator, who was planning to exploit her further in a sex ring abroad.
Stepping into the shop under the cover of going to the toiler as Nathan made an angry phone call, a tearful and scared Bethany tentatively approached some diners and the mother of the family could instantly see how distressed she was.
As Bethany begged for their help and confided that she needed the police to stop a man taking her to a different country, Bethany took an extraordinarily difficult step after being the victim of months of grooming and abuse.
Nathan isn’t far away but with Bethany in a public place, will he reveal his true colours in front of witnesses as he tries to take Bethany away – and will Bethany be protected as she waits for the police to arrive?
It remains to be seen whether Bethany is truly free of her captor and whether the police will catch up with Nathan but it could be just the beginning of a whole new difficult chapter as the police will try and make charges stick, with one of their own secretly working against them to liberate Nathan.
Given how deep the sex rings run, will Nathan’s monstrous friends and colleagues pull together to destroy evidence – and will Bethany be robbed of justice in a cruel twist as the police are left with insufficient information to lock Nathan up?
Long term, Nathan will face punishment for what he has done – but, as for Bethany, escaping the sex ring is just the first of many steps she needs to take towards the recovery from a situation that will never fully leave her.
But with the support of her family and friends, she may have the strength to put evil Nathan where he belongs, once and for all.
If you have been affected by Bethany’s story in any way you can contact Childline anonymously through their website or helpline number which is 0800 1111.