Coronation Street is for the first time to cover the subject of male rape, with an upcoming storyline seeing David Platt subjected to a serious sexual assault.
David – played by actor Jack P Shepherd – gets drunk on a night out with a soon-to-arrive new character called Josh and comes to the horrifying realisation the next morning that he’s been drugged and assaulted.
David’s feelings of shame and disgust in the wake of the attack will see him torn over whether to report it, according to The Mirror.
“There won’t be any sexually explicit scenes, what has happened to David will be implied by his reaction and behaviour when he wakes up the next day and starts to remember some of what happened.” – A Corrie insider revealed
Around 12,000 men are raped in the UK every year, and more than 70,000 are sexually abused or assaulted. Striving for an accurate and sensitive portrayal, the ITV soap’s bosses have been working with local charity Survivors Manchester.
Hollyoaks notably covered male rape back in 2000 when football rivalry between Luke Morgan (Gary Lucy) and Mark Gibbs (Colin Parry) took a sinister turn, with Luke the victim of a changing room attack, whilst BBC soap EastEnders was reported to have shied away from the subject a few years ago.
“This is a big storyline for Jack and everyone is determined to get it right,” the insider added
News of the storyline is unlikely to pacify those who feel the show has been too gloomy as of late, including chat show host Michael Parkinson who hit out at a recent double-killing in the saga.