Coronation Street are set to explore the taboo subject of male rape in an upcoming storyline, with fan-favourite David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd) being drugged and raped by a newcomer called Josh in the New Year.
It is believed that the actual attack will not be shown on screen and the plot will focus more on the aftermath of David’s ordeal.
David will meet Josh in the new year and everything will change when the pair go on a night out together.
The 26-year-old character will wake up to discover that he has been raped by Josh, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that show bosses will be working with charities, such as Survivors Manchester, to make sure that the sensitive topic is handled accurately.
Producers hope that the storyline will help break down the stigma of male rape, with David set to feel feelings of shame and embarrassment – unsure whether he should go to the police or not.
Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks have previously had two powerful male rape storylines, with Luke Morgan being attacked by Mark Gibbs back in 2000.
The hardhitting soap is currently revisiting the storyline almost two decades later, with Mark’s recent return to the area showing that Luke is still affected by his harrowing ordeal.