Coronation Street is set to tackle the issue of male rape for the first time in its entire history.

The soap's been running for 57 years, however they have never had a storyline surrounding the subject before.

According to The Mirror, the subject was turned down by BBC's EastEnders five years ago, as they considered it too difficult to cover in a 'pre-watershed' soap.

However, Corrie has decided to highlight the issue.

The storyline will follow David Platt (played by Jack P Shepherd), who will find himself the victim of the serious sexual assault after getting drunk on a night out with new arrival, Josh.

The sexual attack attack won't be shown, but David will wake up the next morning in Josh's bed and realise that he has been drugged and assaulted.

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Mirror reports that the ITV soap will show how his 'feelings of shame and disgust make him wrestle to decide whether or not to report the crime'.

The show's bosses are working with charity, Survivors Manchester, to ensure the plot is portrayed accurately.

Around 12,000 men are raped in the UK every year, and more than 70,000 are sexually abused or assaulted.

One insider revealed: "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.

"With Josh still on the street, David struggles to deal with the shame of what has happened to him. This is a big storyline for Jack and everyone is determined to get it right."

Coronation Street is used to tackling difficult subjects, for example Lucy Fallon's 'Grooming' storyline which she discussed on This Morning...

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It's great to see the show highlighting these issues.

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her -

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