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Coleen Nolan ‘scared for her sons doing or saying the wrong thing’ amid debate around sexual harassment and women’s safety

Coleen Nolan has said she is ‘scared for her sons’ amid continuing discussion around women’s safety.

On Tuesday’s episode of Loose Women, the panel – also including Ruth Langsford, Janet Street Porter and Frankie Bridge – gave their thoughts on a private school that reported its own pupils to police after allegations of sexual abuse.

Ruth highlighted comments made by Simon Bailey of the National Police Chiefs’ council, who said parents should take their sons to the police if they have been made aware their son is responsible for an assault.

The presenter asked Coleen, who has sons Shane and Jake and daughter Ciara, her thoughts as a mother of boys and whether she would report her own children.

She replied: ‘It’s an easy thing to say and hard to do. If you sit down a child that has been guilty, nine times out of 10 they’re gonna deny it. As a parent what are you gonna do? If you have proof, you should go to the police.

‘I find it really kind of scary. I’ve got a daughter and two sons. My daughter is very very passionate about all these movements now for women and what’s happening, and being able to speak up, and she’s 100% behind it.

‘She’s taught me a lot of things because like you said Ruth, in our day you just ignored it and got on with it and whatever. She made me realise that that isn’t right and you shouldn’t have to and I admire her for that.

‘I’m also terrified…I am a bit scared for my sons in case, I would hope they wouldn’t because we have very open discussions, in case they said the wrong thing or did the wrong thing and were accused of something. I find that really quite scary nowadays.’

She recalled a conversation with son Jake recently, in which he told her he feels men should call out their friends on anything inappropriate.

Coleen shared: ‘Jake made a good point, he thinks it’s down to men to talk to each other and to pull each other up.

‘When you’re in a group of boys you’re scared to go, “I think you’re out of order saying that” because you don’t wanna look like the weak one of the group. He said that nowadays it is up to other men and boys to pull someone up in the group [and say it’s inappropriate].’

It comes as Ruth shared her own experiences of sexual harassment and assault, starting from when she was a school girl travelling in London.

Writing in her column for Best magazine, she said: ‘I was flashed at more than once, followed a few times and a man once put his hand up my skirt on a crowded train.

‘These incidents all happened to me between the ages of about 11 and 16. I now ask myself why I didn’t shout, scream, kick up a fuss, report them to an official – all the things I would urge any girl or woman to do today.’

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.

Credit: Original article published here.

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