Coronation Street fans have been left devastated by David Platt’s ordeal after sinister Josh Tucker drugged his drink and then raped him when he was unconscious. And the shocking assault is just the beginning of the story as David now faces a massive struggle in the aftermath.
When David wakes up in Josh’s bed and quickly realises what has happened to him, his mental health will be impacted. And in the weeks and episodes which follow, fans will see a number of things unfold as David’s life is ripped apart.
Josh acts as if he has done nothing wrong
In the wake of his deplorable actions, Josh thinks that he can just pick up where he and David left off with their friendship, as if nothing has happened. David is horrified to arrive home and see Josh chatting to Gail but David is quick to make it clear to Josh that he didn’t consent to anything that happened.
David hides his ordeal
After a showdown with Josh, David even begins to wonder if some of it was his fault – as manipulative Josh is very much of the stance that they were having fun and mucking around together. As a result, David doesn’t feel like he can confide in anyone about what happened and he buries his torment.
Shona struggles with his behaviour
In a desperate bid to try and prove his manhood, David hungrily and roughly kisses Shona after being cold with her up until that point. But when the intimacy then leaves him overwhelmed, David backs away, leaving Shona more confused than ever and wondering if he has gone off her.
David goes to stay with Martin
Unable to cope with seeing Josh everywhere and feeling pressure from his worried family, David heads to Liverpool where he stays with Martin. Martin can tell that something is wrong with David and later follows him back to the Street to try and get to the bottom of it all.
David makes a huge decision
After talking to Martin about his move to New Zealand, David decides that he wants to take the kids and emigrate too. When he makes this announcement to his family, they are left shocked and Sarah tries to convince him that he is being selfish as neither Shona nor the kids want to go anywhere.
Josh targets someone else
In a bid to try and cover up his own actions and nature, Josh will hide in plain sight by striking up a relationship with a female character on the Street. As every other resident of the Street continues to be taken in by his charm, Josh’s behaviour will leave David in even more despair.
David lashes out
Bottling up his hurt, anger and torment is never going to end well and reports reached Metro.co.uk that David will snap and take his angst out on Gary Windass. As David launches a savage beating on his sister’s boyfriend, will he end up in serious trouble?
David empathises with Bethany
Bethany’s sexual abuse story will be revisited as part of David’s ongoing trauma and he will find himself understanding and empathising with what she went through. But whether or not he will feel able to confide in her and what has happened is another matter entirely and remains to be seen…
If you have been affected by the subject matter in this article, advice, information and support is available on the website of Rape Crisis England and Wales and the National Rape Crisis Helpline can be reached confidentially on 0808 802 9999.