Coleen Nolan ‘scared for her sons' amid discussions of sexual harassment

Kerry Martin
·4 min read
Coleen Nolan's son Shane Nolan Jr shamed a comedian who joked about his aunts' cancer diagnoses. (Getty Images)
Coleen Nolan's son Shane Nolan Jr shamed a comedian who joked about his aunts' cancer diagnoses. (Getty Images)

Coleen Nolan has admitted that she is ‘scared for her sons’ amid continued discussions around women’s safety and sexual harassment claims following the Sarah Everard case.

“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," Nolan said on Loose Women.

The comments were made during today’s episode of the ITV show. The panel, made up of Ruth Langsford, Janet Street Porter and Frankie Bridge were discussing a private school that reported its own pupils to police after allegations of sexual abuse.

Langsford raised 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.

Langsford then asked Nolan, who has sons Shane, 32 and Jake, 28 and daughter Ciara, 20, her thoughts as a mother of boys and whether she would report her own children.

She replied honestly: “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 ten they’re gonna deny it. As a parent what are you gonna do?"

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13:  Singer Coleen Nolan (C) and sons Shane Richie, Jr. (L) and Jake Richie attend The Nolans Aftershow party at Via on October 13, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
Singer Coleen Nolan (C) and sons Shane Richie, Jr. (L) and Jake Richie, 2009 (Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)

"If you have proof, you should go to the police.”

She continued: “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.

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"She made me realise that that isn’t right and you shouldn’t have to and I admire her for that.”

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Later on she also recalled a recent conversation with son Jake, in which he told her he feels men should call out their friends on inappropriate language or behaviour.

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Nolan 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].”

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The topic also comes as Langsford shared her own experiences of sexual harassment and assault, starting from when she was a young school girl travelling on the underground in London.

In her column for Best magazine, she wrote: “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.”

"Sarah Everard's death marks a line in the sand. No more writing off stalking, exposing and sexual harassment as simply weird or odd behaviour... something that women grit their teeth and bear.

"It's time to serve notice on bad men (not all men). Enough is enough – this ends here."

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