Hollyoaks cast join forces for women’s safety video
Hollyoaks released a powerful video in which female cast members talk about female safety ahead of a major new storyline.
During International Women’s Day week, cast members Alex Fletcher, Eva O’Hara, Ruby O’Donnell, Lucy-Jo Hudson, Annie Wallace, Vera Chok, Lily Best, Ariana Fravel and Dawn Hope spoke candidly about their experiences.
The ladies start by talking about what’s great about being a woman, like sisterhood, before talking about the steps they’ve had to take to protect themselves, including coming home alone, wearing pants instead of skirts or dresses, carrying keys between their fingers and tying their hair.
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Heartbreakingly, the actors share examples of disturbing incidents, such as being groped on the dance floor and being stalked. The video ends with the actresses asking “Why should I?” when it comes to responsibility, saying men need to learn respect in order to get to the root of the problem.
A second video in the series will feature male actors reacting to this video. The soap opera will embark on a story exploring the subject of misogyny later this year.
More details about this story will definitely be revealed as we get closer to its launch, but we do know of other upcoming storylines that the soap has in the works.
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First of all, Sid Sumner will find himself in a difficult situation when his dark drug past is revisited. Meanwhile, Joel Dexter and Cleo McQueen (played by real-life couple Rory Douglas-Speed and Nadine Mulkerrin) are going to have another heated encounter, but will it lead to them getting back together?
Hollyoaks now airs first on All 4, with new episodes dropping every weekday morning. The show airs Monday to Friday at 6.30pm on Channel 4 and 7pm on E4.
Some omnibus episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video.
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If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this story, organizations such as Refuge (www.refuge.org.uk) and Help for women (www.womensaid.org.uk) can provide additional assistance and information. The toll-free number 24 hours a day National Domestic Violence Helpline is 0808 2000 247. The United States National Domestic Violence Helpline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or text LOVEIS to 22522.
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