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2 February 2018 | Comment | Article by Alan Collins

Coronation Street to tackle controversial topic of male rape


Coronation Street is breaking new territory by running a male rape story. I understand that one of the soap’s lead characters, David Platt will be the victim of rape in tonight’s episode.

Rape is, of course, a horrendous crime and one that we prefer not to talk about let along give much thought too. Male rape in my experience of having met many survivors, is still something  of a taboo subject making it even more difficult to discuss let along face up to. Just imagine how difficult it must be for a victim or survivor to come forward and report the crime, let alone discuss everything that goes with violation. The feelings of shock, shame, and self-blame can be very real. For many it strikes at their very masculinity, and can give rise to confusion, and again a sense of blame.

The story, I hope, will expose the realities of male rape, and will help break down the taboo, and encourage survivors to come forward and report as well as seek help and advice. There is, in fact, high quality advice and support available, but survivors need to know that it is there for them, and there is no shame whatsoever in accessing it. The police have highly trained specialist officers to investigate complaints of male rape in addition to their LGBT officers.

Rape and the use of drugs and alcohol is a feature of our times, and I hope this story will also help dispel myths and misunderstandings. At the end of the day rape is wrong regardless of your sexuality or gender.

Author bio

Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

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