EastEnders confirms fan-favorite Ben Mitchell-related male rape plot

Ben’s character will be the victim of a shocking sexual assault in scenes that BBC show bosses hope will spark conversations about consent and sexual assault

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EastEnders bosses are set to tackle the sensitive issue of male rape with a new storyline that will see Ben Mitchell being sexually assaulted by a pub waiter.

The BBC series has a long history of tackling tough issues to raise awareness – with frequently used female rape stories and storylines including an HIV diagnosis, Struggling with sex and mental health battles have also been told for decades.

A new storyline will see fan favorite Ben, played by 27-year-old Max Bowden, fall victim to a shocking sexual assault by a new character named Lewis played by Aidan O ‘ Callaghan, 33 years old played.

The show’s writers have worked with a number of charities including SurvivorsUK, Survivors Manchester and the Male Survivors Partnership to ensure the plot is approached in a genuine and sensitive way.

EastEnders is planning a male rape storyline involving Ben Mitchell and a new character named Lewis



A source said Sun on Sunday: “This is the first time EastEnders has addressed this issue but they are at the forefront of telling these important stories.

“As always, the show is working closely with the various charities as they want to make sure it’s all handled as delicately as possible.

“The attack won’t be shown on screen but viewers will know it’s happening.”

While the show star Max told the outlet: “Along with some great charities and some very inspirational survivors of male sexual assault in the UK, I think I was able to really try to tell the truth as much as possible and I hope we can raise awareness and understanding on a topic that is rarely mentioned.”

The program writer consulted with several charities to approach the difficult topic with sensitivity


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Male Survivors Partnership trustee Alex Feis-Bryce said in a statement about the plot plans: “Slots like these can be incredibly powerful for survivors who suffer in silence. silence and I have no doubt that this will help people speak up and gain support.”

And Survivors Manchester CEO Duncan Craig added: “Men who are victims of sexual assault, rape and abuse are often minimized, ignored or forgotten and unless it is talked about, We as a society will not be able to completely deal with it.

“While there’s always some criticism of soaps, TV series or any other form of entertainment that tells a story like this, I’m 100% convinced that these cultural references have an impact.” directly impacting change in society but more importantly for me as a survivor, directly impacting the survivors themselves.”

BBC continuing drama head Kate Oates also detailed the plot’s plans, explaining: “Ben has endured a traumatic period after witnessing an attack The gay community on Callum brings back painful memories of the loss of Paul.

“As a result Ben was lost in life…that’s when he found Lewis. Ben found Lewis attractive and thought of him as someone who could understand him the way Callum did not; but trust That was abused when Lewis crossed a line and raped Ben.

“Through this story, we hope to explore issues of consent, sexual identity, masculinity, and sexual assault, focusing on how this fateful night impacted Ben. and those who love him in the coming months.”

BBC director Kate, 43, was previously a producer on the ITV series Coronation Street – where she oversaw a male rape storyline involving the character David Platt, played by Jack P Shepherd, who was assaulted by Josh Tucker, played by Ryan Clayton.

EastEnders fans will see the story unfold in the coming months


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While another recent EastEnders storyline saw Mick Carter, played by Danny Dyer, tell the story of how he was sexually abused as a child by an elderly woman.

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