NSPCC: Roache's comments 'bizarre' and 'not helpful'

The NSPCC has described Bill Roache's original comments as "bizarre" and "not helpful for anyone".

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache.
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Jon Brown, head of the NSPCC's sexual abuse programme, said the comments were "hurtful and demeaning" to people who had already suffered horrendous experiences.

"We should be concentrating on helping the thousands of children sexually abused every year who need therapy to re-build their lives", Mr Brown added.

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Roache sorry for abuse remarks

Coronation Street star Bill Roache said he was "very sorry for any offence that has been caused" after he suggested in a television interview that victims of paedophiles bring abuse upon themselves because of what they have done in previous lives.