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General Hospital To Tackle Male Prison Rape Storyline

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Whoa. Powerful stuff. Especially since the character is so young.

We're told if you're a fan of the show General Hospital, you probably already saw this coming. Seeing as we’ve never seen the show, we were pretty shocked to hear they were going to tackle such a sensitive issue.

On Monday’s episode, the show will finally reveal that Michael Corinthos, played by Chad Duell, was actually raped by another inmate while serving time in prison. One of the show’s head writers explained to sources why they’ve finally chosen now to make the big reveal and how it relates to the story. He explains:

“We needed a catalyst, and we realized we had a great one in Abby [Michael's stripper friend played by Andrea Bogart]. Michael will see Abby about to be raped by her ex-boyfriend and he flashes back to what happened to him in prison and goes berserk. In that flashback, we'll see Michael's assault in more detail, though nothing gratuitous or titillating. We wanted to make it clear the assault on Abby has visual and physical parallels to the assault on Michael. The incident with Abby — Michael does save her before she's actually raped — will serve as a kind of catharsis for Michael, and he is finally able to admit to Jason [Steve Burton] that he was indeed raped. He then tells his parents, Sonny [Maurice Benard] and Carly [Laura Wright].”

Rape is an awful thing to happen to anyone, but being that Chad’s character is so young (a high school senior) just makes it that much worse. However, we were happy to hear that this story line was consulted up with RAINN [the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network] and that a PSA will be airing at the end of the episode on January 31st.

It’s certainly going to be an emotional hour of the show.

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23 comments to “General Hospital To Tackle Male Prison Rape Storyline”



  1. 1

    I have been watching this develop and Chad Duell is doing a fantastic job of acting in this arc. Good for General Hospital to tackle it with sensitivity.



  2. 2

    people in prison deserve what they get, which is nothing. some of them are IN prison because they rape. couldn't the writers (i don't watch insipid soap operas, BTW) have used a more reasonable scenario to tackle the issue of rape, which is indeed a hate crime? to use prison as a setting is an insult to anyone who has been sexually assaulted.



  3. 3

    Been wondering how long it was going to take them to do this. It has been very obvious from the get-go that this happened. Glad they are going to tackle it with sensitivity as sayswho pointed said.



  4. 4

    Re: tamzin – I have been watching this soap for over 10 years years(and i am 23), the show has previously tackled rape with female characters (for those who know the show- Elizabeth and Emily come to mind). With he female characters, they were raped by a stranger of someone they know. This, I believe, will be the first time a male character has to deal with being raped.



  5. 5

    I like it whenever you post about this show. It's a great soap & I know it has been a struggle for them to stay afloat. Your publicity helps, as do the efforts they've made to improve their appeal. When this show shines, it REALLY shines, especially considering how much everyone has to accomplish on such tight deadlines.



  6. 6

    TOO BAD IT ISN'T AGED DOWN A NOTCH AND ABOUT A JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER. IF IT WAS WE'D HAVE TO READ ABOUT THAT AD NAUSEUM LIKE WE HAD TO READ ABOUT GLEE, THAT FUCKING BRIT TALENT SHOW, AND GAGA. BETWEEN YOU STROKING, THAT IS.



  7. 7

    Chad Duell has done an amazing job as Michael Corinthos on GH. I have been a fan of the show for over 25 years. When the storyline first came about a few months ago, I was disgusted that the GH powers that be would go that route because Michael was really just a kid to me. When you watch these shows, characters get soap opera rapid aging syndrome and two years ago, Michael was 10 and they now have him at the age of 19. I am glad, however, that they're being sensitive in the reveal of what happened. It's been a long time coming. Hopefully the character remains a survivor once he's able to share what happened to him. KEEP UP THE AWESOME WORK, CHAD!



  8. 8

    Re: tamzin – Tamzin, if you've never watched the show, you don't know the entire storyline. Michael was a 17 year old kid who killed his stepmother in defense of his mother and baby sister. He went to the state prison and was harassed by someone who was paid by an outside enemy of his uncle's. The guy had the guards paid off and locked him in his cell with the psycho and he raped and beat the hell out of him.

    You can't speak for everyone who's suffered sexual assault. I'm not offended by the storyline as it's something that happens more often than not.



  9. 9

    GH has come a long way since rape led to marriage, children, and extended contracts (a la Luke/Laura at the Campus Disco). Glad to see theyre handlng it appropriately these days.



  10. 10

    Seems how Perez is ignoring your birthday, Happy Birthday Adam Lambert :)



  11. 11

    It's bad enough that the kid was kidnapped, shot in the head, killed his stepmother, sent to jail, and now he's a rape victim. Michael has been through more stuff in his young life than more adults have been through. Poor guy.



  12. 12

    What PR chick wrote this entry? Powerful stuff!… (on a daytime soap opera… right)



  13. 13

    Re: threeoneeighty – You are so right! Michael was 17 years old when Carley kidnapped his pregnant mom and tried to take her baby. He never should have went to prison in the first place. But, I am glad he will have some closure. Been waiting for this.



  14. 14

    I knew it! Like you said, fans knew this pretty much from the beginning. As everyone else has said, the show and actor have been handling this very well so far, and I'm interested to see how they move forward with it.



  15. 15

    I feel so old that Carly's son is this old. I used to watch GH back in high school in and college and she was a young character. I am ancient.



  16. 16

    Re: tamzin – uhhh yea, there are people everyday that falsely go to prison and people do indeed get raped in prison. i think its amazing idea because he wasnt even suppose to be put in jail in the first place.



  17. 17

    The US is so behind. I'm an Eastenders fanatic, and Ben was popped in the pen after dropping the soap. He, too, is a youngster. The US soaps have nothing on the UK. They are so much better and real - no fake teeth, no fake tans. (and yes, I live in the US).



  18. 18

    I'm a huge GH fan and even though it's taken a long time to come out, I'm happy TPTB are addressing what happened to Michael in prison. Chad's portrayal as Michael has improved week by week and this week is going to be no exception.



  19. 19

    I HAVE BEEN WATCHING GH SINCE I WAS A KID..LUKE AND LAURA DAYS. IS THIS STORY LINE REALLY NECESSARY?? WHY WOULD THEY EVEN TALK ABOUT AN 18 YEAR OLD KID GETTING RAPED IN JAIL??? I MEAN LETS BE REAL HERE.



  20. 20

    omg what will happen to Dante now



  21. 21

    guaranteed Perez will be wacking his curly lil' pig dicklet to this!!



  22. 22

    ugh…



  23. 23

    Re: mgardner – "no fake teeth" LMAO Um, yeah.