Coronation Street has confirmed a historic sex abuse storyline for Paul Foreman - but some fans have complained of a serious case of déjà vu.
The ITV soap announced on Thursday (August 8) that it's set to tackle the horrifying subject of child abuse and grooming.
In a statement, they revealed the storyline will "explore the devastating effects of historic child sexual abuse within a family".
We're told that Gemma Winter's world is set to be "torn apart" when it is revealed that her twin brother Paul was sexually abused by their stepdad Kel.
In the coming weeks, Kel will come back into their lives when Gemma and Paul's mum Bernie is reunited with her ex.
It soon becomes evident that whilst Gemma and Bernie welcome Kel back into the fold, Paul is unnerved by his return and struggles to be around him.
Unbeknownst to Gemma and Bernie, Kel sexually abused Paul when he was a young teenager and the innocent boy was groomed into believing he and Kel were in a consensual relationship.
This is the same storyline as Aaron in Emmerdale. Why do soaps just copy each other?
When Paul's partner Billy Mayhew discovers the secret, he tells Paul that he was a young child and was in fact sexually abused.
The heartbreaking story will explore Paul's struggle to come to terms with what happened to him and his ultimate fight for justice.
Commenting on the ED! Facebook page, fans claimed the soap was following in the well-trodden footsteps of Hollyoaks and Emmerdale who have already covered the traumatic subject.
One wrote: "This is the same storyline as Aaron in Emmerdale. Why do soaps just copy each other?"
Another added: "Copycat storyline! This was done in Emmerdale to Aaron."
"A storyline on that subject was done recently in Hollyoaks to great acclaim," agreed another. "It also won them two British soap awards (Best Male Dramatic and Best Villain). I think it's too soon for another soap to attempt a similar storyline."
Another called the storyline as "unoriginal" and "tired", while another added: "The last thing the soaps need is another sexual abuse story. They have been done to death and the more they do them the less of an effect they have on the audience."
However, others defended the storyline, with one writing: "Maybe some people don't watch all the soaps, so trying to include it in all soaps?"
One more typed: "It will have a different insight to a world, so many people in the past have been so ashamed to tell their stories and they hide away. I think it's a horrid subject, but mustn't be forgotten."
"Every story has happened before, how victims react differently, that's the new storyline..." said another.
As the story develops in Coronation Street, Bernie will find it difficult to cope with the fact that she had no idea what was going on under her own roof.
Producers and writers are working closely with Survivors Manchester who are advising on the story.
Producer Iain MacLeod said: "Gemma and Paul's family background has always been fascinating to me - the inseparable bond of twins but with a huge fault-line down the middle, which we've hinted at but never explained.
"This story sensitively explores something that is tragically all too common in families in the real world and will highlight the way these painful events still reverberate many years later."
He continued: "It will, I hope, allow people who have survived similar abuse and perhaps suffered in silence to find their voice and speak up.
"It will also showcase the brilliant talents of Peter Ash, Dolly-Rose Campbell, Jane Hazlegrove and Corrie newcomer Joe Alessi in some incredibly challenging, powerful scenes. I am very proud of this story."
Actor Peter Ash said: "I have known about this storyline for some time so have had the opportunity to speak to Duncan Craig at Survivors Manchester in advance of filming which has been great.
"His experience was really similar to Paul's so it was invaluable for me to be able to talk about all the conflicting emotions and not accepting or realising it was abuse until later on in life.
"I have also spoken to Jack P Shepherd about how he found filming the male rape storyline and he told me about the increase in calls to Survivors Manchester off the back of it which is incredible. It's an important storyline and I want to get it right."
Duncan Craig from Survivors Manchester explained: "Following on from our work on the David Platt rape storyline, I am delighted that Coronation Street have once again asked us at Survivors Manchester to help them with this sensitive storyline.
"We learned so much together before and the effort made last time is allowing us to tackle the finer and complex details of Paul's feelings and behaviour.
"This story is going to resonate with so many male survivors, I'm proud of Coronation Street for committing to making sure it's right."
He added: "Peter and I have been talking a lot about how Paul would be feeling and I have shared some of my own experiences of breaking my silence which Peter has handled with so much care.
"I know this story will be difficult but as a survivor I have to say it is vital if we are to understand male sexual violence and abuse. Well done Corrie for being brave enough to tell this true story.
"Once again, I'm proud to stand with Coronation Street in telling a difficult story as truthfully and as sensitively as possible.
"Their commitment to being authentic to real life issues is inspiring and I know first-hand the actual impact of these stories being told - our last piece of work together resulted in a 1700% increase in calls to the male survivor helpline."
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