Coronation Street attracts people’s attention to that fact that men can be raped

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The storyline will see long-running character David Platt (played by Jack P Shepherd), whose ‘friend’ Josh Tucker (Ryan Clayton) drugs and rapes him. In the episode to air on March 19, David wakes up the next morning in Josh’s bed – and although Josh is not around David realises that he had been drugged and he cannot remind himself what has happened to him the night before. Disgusted, he makes his way home and then has to make a decision about whether to file a complaint, he is afraid to go to the police. Coronation Street producer Kate Oates said: “We decided to cover the topic of male rape to help try and highlight the culture of silence that surrounds male sexual assault, and issues surrounding male mental health in general”.

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