Coronation Street has been praised highly for representing the brutal reality of the aftermath of rape in tonight’s episode of the show.
On Friday, Ofcom received 122 complaints about the storyline which depicted David Platt being drugged up and sexually assaulted by Josh Tucker after a night out.
Tonight the ITV soap showed the uncomfortable scenes of David waking up to a photo of his attacker and all his clothes on the chair.
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The father then turned over a note reading ‘Gone to the gym, Help yourself to brekkie, no crumbs!’.
David got a taxi back home where he saw his mother Gail laughing and calling him a ‘dirty stop out’, not realising what her son had experienced.
Corrie fans found it difficult to watch as David sat in the shower cubicle to wash himself following the rape.
His body was covered in bruises and scratch marks from the attack. An understandably emotional David struggled to communicate with Shona who just assumed he was suffering from a really bad hangover.
David could you be anymore ignorant if you tried. When you can actually string a sentence I’ll be in the cafe.
If you can’t remember where it is I’m sure Saint Josh will tell you.
David clearly wanted time on his own, but Shona’s words were a shocking reminder of his awful ordeal.
Fans of the show praised Jack P. Shepherd’s performance and said they found it ‘heartbreaking’.
The storyline has been developed alongside local charity Survivors Manchester to ensure its sensitivity and accuracy.
Corrie boss Kate Oates predicted the mixed reaction and said:
I’m definitely prepared for a mixed response to the rape storyline.
I think any soap story of this nature will get a mixed reaction. And that’s okay. That’s part of the reason to do it.
If society was prepared for it, there would be no reason to tell the story. If people respond differently, it suggests there is still discussion to be had.
It is a long-running story. I would ask people not to make judgements on it.
Coronation Street continues tonight at 8.30pm and viewers are wondering whether David will speak out about his abuse.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30pm and 7-9:30pm). They also offer a victim support line on 0808 168 9111.