General Hospital To Tackle Male Prison Rape Storyline


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├óΓé¼Γäóve 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:

├óΓé¼┼ôWe 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 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Michael does save her before she’s actually raped ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ 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].├óΓé¼┬¥

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.

[Image via WENN.]

Jan 29, 2011 1:00pm PDT

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