The soap will tackle male sexual assault for first time in 57-year history

Coronation Street is planning one of its most harrowing storylines to date as David Platt is set to become the victim of a serious sexual assault.

The hairdresser in the ITV soap, played by Jack P. Shephard, will be drugged and assaulted in scenes to air next year, following a night out with newcomer Josh when he arrives on the street in January.

According to Manchester Evening News, show bosses have ensured that no sexually explicit scenes of the attack will be shown, as the focus will instead be on how David copes with the aftermath of the assault and the effects it has on him.

The scenes will depict David waking up after the night out with Josh and realising what has happened to him, with following episodes shining a light on the stigma surrounding male rape, with David feeling ashamed and unsure whether he should go to the police.

Manchester Evening News also reports that the soap will be working with charities such as Survivors Manchester to ensure that the storyline is handled accurately and with sensitivity.

‘With Josh still on the street, David struggles to deal with the shame of what has happened to him. This is a big story line for Jack and everyone is determined to get it right,’ an insider told The Mirror.