Coronation Street spoilers follow.
Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.
Coronation Street's Abi Franklin collapses next week in the middle of a high-stakes showdown with Ray Crosby.
Abi's life hangs in the balance as Ray (Mark Frost) turns nasty again – and her future could ultimately rest in Debbie Webster's hands when she stumbles across the scene.
In scenes airing early next week, Faye Windass (Ellie Leach) goes to the police to report Ray for attempted rape. She also tells the truth about how the traumatic incident led to her attacking Adam Barlow in a case of mistaken identity.
Faye and her loved ones all hope this will be the end of Ray when he's arrested, but they're disappointed when they later spot that he has been released.
Abi (Sally Carman) immediately decides to take matters into her own hands by calling at Ray's hotel in the hope of getting some dirt on him.
The trip proves fruitful as Abi catches Ray with Susan, the chairman of the planning committee. As they talk about Ray's recent bribe, Abi hides and secretly records the incriminating conversation on her phone.
Abi wastes little time before confronting Ray about how she now has the upper hand. She promises to get rid of the footage, but only if he admits to the attempted rape of Faye.
Later in the week, Ray meets up with Abi in the back yard of the Rovers Return and agrees to her deal, promising to confess to the assault on Faye if Abi gets rid of the damning recording.
Suddenly, events take a horrifying turn as Abi collapses to the ground and Ray grabs her phone. It's clear that Ray must be responsible for Abi's sudden health scare.
Soon afterwards, Debbie stumbles across Ray with an unconscious Abi and vows to call an ambulance.
Ray immediately swipes the phone from Debbie's hand, warning that she's going to help him get out of this mess. Will Ray and Debbie let Abi die?
Coronation Street airs these scenes in an hour-long episode on Friday, January 22 at 7.30pm on ITV.
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contactRAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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