Calls to helpline increase

27 Sep 2011

Corrie storyline increases Rape Crisis calls by 800%

Rape Crisis has received a record number of calls this week (September 2011) in direct response to a Coronation Street storyline.

The flagship Rape Crisis center in South London, which runs the national helpline for survivors, experienced an 800% rise in calls after the story aired on Monday evening.  Extra volunteers have been taken on to deal with the volume of calls.  10 million viewers tuned in to the program.

Rosa Knight, Helpline Coordinator at Rape Crisis South London stated;

"Though other programs have run similar storylines and shown our number, the response for the Coronation Street storyline has been like nothing we've experienced before. It is so important for mainstream shows to tackle these important issues'.