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Coronation Street helped a 17-year-old boy come forward about a rape attack years ago. The boy explained that watching a storyline involving the rape of Carla (Alison King) by Frank (Andrew Lancel) gave him the courage to tell police about the incident. Daniel Bird, 24, from Sale Moor, was convicted of four counts of rape and sentenced to four years in prison. The victim was 8 at the time of the incident in 2004, while Bird was 15. A spokesperson for Coronation Street said: "Having worked closely with the St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester on this storyline, we are pleased that the portrayal and subsequent aftermath of Carla's rape on Coronation Street has helped this victim to seek the appropriate help and guidance needed. "We never seek to highlight an issue - just tell the best story for every character. (more) »


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