David Platt hears some groundbreaking news next week when he’s told that his attacker Josh has raped before.
While David is locked up in prison – a consequence of failing to turn up to court for his plea hearing for attacking Gary – Shona delves into Josh’s past and discovers that her boyfriend isn’t his only victim.
And the news, says actor Jack P Shepherd, will “make a difference” to David.
Jack, 30, also opened up about the cathartic impact telling his girlfriend Shona has had on David’s mental wellbeing.
In an interview with What’s On TV, he said: “From the moment he told Shona and she believed him, everything changed for David. He realised that talking about it was the only way to move forward. Shona is so supportive and he is so grateful to have her on his side.”
Although it tragically took Aidan’s suicide to prompt David to tell the truth, the fact that he has has made a huge difference to him.
And while he’s instinctively uneasy about Shona digging around publicly, David finds comfort in what she finds.
Jack explains: “To be honest, David probably won’t be best pleased that Shona is doing all this digging, as it could lead to the whole thing becoming public. But what Shona finds out will make a difference to David, to know that the isn’t the only victim.
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“For David, it is about Josh owning up to what he has done; admitting that he raped David. He is still saying that it was consensual and he has done nothing wrong. The fact is that in real life, people like Josh do get away with what they have done; it isn’t always neatly tied up.”
Jack, who has been reaped with praise for his portrayal of rape victim David, also admitted that after some heavy scenes, he is quick to immerse himself in normal life, saying: “After some of the most emotional scenes, I just make sure I take myself off for a short while to shake them off.
“I have to take myself into quite a dark place to get that emotion, so it is important to get yourself back in reality quickly.”
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