Coronation Street’s Paul’s historic abuse plot kicks off next week with a heartbreaking reveal.
The reformed criminal was abused by his stepdad for years but there will be a horrifying twist in what the vile abuser has done.
When Paul’s stepdad arrives on the cobbles, it sends the lad into a tailspin with his emotions at having evil Kel back in his family’s life.
And it will soon be revealed that Kel groomed Paul so much that Paul was convinced he was in a consensual relationship with his stepdad rather than being abused.
Actor Peter Ash revealed: “Paul feels pretty conflicted because he didn’t realise he was being groomed when he was younger, he felt that he was in a consensual relationship with Kel and as a consequence had very strong feelings for Kel.
“Of course the truth is that he was being abused and has still not realised that was the case.
“He also feels shame and guilt because no one else knows what happened between the two of them and he was his mum’s partner.”
Paul will seek help from his ex Billy Mayhew who realises something is wrong with Paul when Kel returns.
Peter added: “When Kel first shows up, Paul has his guard up and he is very aggressive towards Kel but it all comes from his confusion about what happened.”
Actor Peter is hoping the storyline will help raise awareness of male survivors of abuse.
He added: “As horrific as the subject matter is, I want this storyline to raise awareness.
“It is important because it happens and so many people are affected by this.
“Coronation Street tackles issue-based storylines really well and as truthfully as possible.
“It’s important for people to see it play out on television as people may see things and situations that they recognise and seek help.”
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