Coronation Street's Paul to blame Bernie over Kel's abuse next week

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From Digital Spy

The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.

Coronation Street star Peter Ash has revealed that Paul Foreman will berate his mum Bernie Winter next week as he breaks his silence over Kel Hinchley's abuse.

Next week's episodes see Paul confide in his family over his traumatic history with Kel, after they find incriminating photos in the villain's flat which hint at the disturbing truth.

Although Paul receives support from his loved ones, he initially blames Bernie – feeling that she could have done more to protect him from Kel when he was younger.

Speaking about the storyline, Peter explained: "Paul feels like Bernie let him down big time. He thinks in some way she must have known something about what was going on.

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"After Bernie finally hears the truth from Paul, he accuses her of never caring.

"Paul wanted to keep the ordeal buried and under wraps, but when Bernie and Gemma show up, claiming they know everything, he has no choice but to lay it all bare and he also blames Bernie for failing him as a mother."

In the aftermath of Paul's revelations, his family will urge him to go to the police to report Kel's historic abuse. Paul refuses at first, but later starts to reconsider his stance.

Peter continued: "Paul doesn't want to get the police involved, because he's afraid of people delving into his past, like things he's blocked out and buried. He doesn't want to relive any of it.

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"I think Paul can get over this with the right help and support. As hard as it may be for him, he does need to face his past and hopefully in time bring Kel to justice."

Reflecting on the story as a whole, he added: "It definitely has been challenging but it's been more than worth it, seeing all the positive responses we've had so far. Survivors Manchester also helped a lot with everything and they've been amazing.

"I have loved exploring Paul's past and getting to build on his character. I am excited to see what in the future for Paul and his family."

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.

Survivors Manchester is available to support boys and men who have been affected by sexual abuse and rape. Its website can be found at and its helpline is 0161 236 2182. Local support agencies for all male and female survivors can be found at In an emergency, please dial 999.

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