It’s been reported by the Sun today that since airing Carla Connor’s rape ordeal at the hands of her fiancé Frank Foster the number of women reports rapes has “rocketed”.
And speaking to the paper, Alison King, who of course plays Carla, has praised the show’s writers for the dramatic storyline, and how it’s been received by viewers.
Of the massive increase in calls to rape crisis hotlines, Alison said, “The reaction from fans has been immense.
“I have had a lot of letters from women who have come forward since that episode.
“There was an 800 per cent increase in the number of people reporting rapes after we did the story, mainly those who had been raped by someone they knew.
“It shows how hard it is to go and report rape to somebody because people are so scared of their whole life being ripped apart publicly on the stand…
“And they know the conviction rates are low.”
On the subject of the possibility that Frank will be found not guilty at the end of the rape trial, Alison said, “Carla will be devastated if Frank gets off because she WAS raped.”
Meanwhile, Alison’s co-star Andrew Lancel, who plays Frank, said, “The storyline has been integral in raising awareness of rape.
“And if you can achieve something like that from playing a role, that is something to be proud of.”
Alison has also been speaking to People about the storyline, and a forthcoming plot twist which will see Peter Barlow’s (Chris Gascoyne) son Simon (Alex Bain) telling “a terrible lie.”
She said, “Carla can have fun with kids but shes not good at dealing with it when they hate her.
“In the coming weeks Simon tells a terrible lie but she handles it really well.
“She is sad about hurting Leanne, she loves her, but Carla is ruthless and can’t fight her feelings for Peter any longer.”
Oo wonder what the lie will be?