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Ofcom will not investigate gay male rape storyline in Coronation Street

By Steve Brown

Ofcom will not be investigating the controversial male rape storyline in Coronation Street.

The longest running soap hit headlines when more than 200 viewers complained about the two episodes which saw Josh Tucker (Ryan Clayton) drugging and then raping David Platt (Jack P Shepherd).

But despite the number of people complaining about the scenes – which were aired before the watershed – the broadcasting watchdog will not be investigating the soap.

An Ofcom spokesperson told Pink News: “The storyline tackled a sensitive and challenging subject, which we appreciate was uncomfortable viewing for some.

“However, we considered that ITV took extensive steps to ensure it was handled sensitively and carefully.

“These included working closely with a victim support group, and repeatedly signposting the help available to anyone affected by sexual violence.

“We also considered that, although the offender’s violent intentions were clearly implied, the scenes were neither explicit nor graphic.

“Finally, we took into account that clear warnings were broadcast before both episodes.”