EastEnders is ready to air an extremely laborious hitting storyline subsequent month as they take with regards to male rape for the primary time.
The BBC cleaning soap will present Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) change into the sufferer of a surprising assault from new barman Lewis Butler (Aidan O’Callaghan).
The collection is working with quite a lot of charities, together with SurvivorsUK, Survivors Manchester and the Male Survivors Partnership, to make sure the subject is tackled sensitively.
Harrowing: EastEnders is ready to air a hard-hitting male rape storyline subsequent month as Ben Mitchell is the sufferer of a surprising assault
It comes 10 years after the cleaning soap turned down a male rape storyline from govt producer on the time Bryan Kirkwood, with the present saying it was too troublesome.
The storyline and it’s aftermath are set to play out over a number of months, with Max, who play Ben, saying he’s ‘honoured’ to painting it.
He stated: ‘Alongside some great charities, and a few very inspirational survivors of male sexual assault within the UK, I believe we’ve been capable of actually try to inform essentially the most truthful account we are able to, and I hope we are able to elevate consciousness and understanding on a subject that’s not often coated.’
Sufferer: The BBC cleaning soap will present Ben Mitchell (performed by Max Bowden) be the sufferer of a surprising assault, with it being the primary time that is coated by the cleaning soap
Distrust: Ben will face the assault from new barman Lewis Butler (Aidan O’Callaghan), trusting Lewis after his turbulent time
‘I’m honoured to be given this chance to inform such an necessary story’
The harrowing storyline won’t solely give attention to the assault however consent, masculinity, and the way sexual assault impacts family members across the sufferer.
Giving some context to the story, BBC head of continuous drama Kate Oates stated: ‘Ben has endured a traumatic time after witnessing a homophobic assault on Callum that introduced again painful reminiscences of shedding Paul.’
Turbulent: It comes after Ben’s traumatic time after witnessing a homophobic assault on Callum that introduced again painful reminiscences of shedding Paul
‘Consequently, Ben misplaced his means in life…which is when he discovered Lewis.
‘Ben finds Lewis engaging, and thinks of him as a somebody who can perceive him in a means Callum doesn’t; however that belief is abused when Lewis crosses a line and rapes Ben,’ she defined.
It comes as each Hollyoaks and Coronation Road have explored the storyline in 2014 and 2018.
It appears the cleaning soap is lastly able to discover the storyline, after Bryan Kirkwood beforehand revealed he was informed to keep away from the subject material ‘in no unsure phrases’ whereas he was govt producer, earlier than shifting to Hollyoaks – the place he ran the storyline.
Rape charity SurvivorsUK hope the plot will encourage male victims to return ahead, with Service Supervisor Marta Almeida detailing: ‘Storylines like this one are a tremendous alternative to discover the fact for therefore many males, households and communities up and down the UK’.
Honoured: Actor Max stated he’s ‘honoured to be given this chance’
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