As you may know, the award winning British soap opera Hollyoaks has been showing a storyline where former footballer Luke Morgan struggles with alcohol as he tries to cope with his past.
Mark Gibbs a jealous football rival raped Luke Morgan to humiliate him in front of his friends and to destroy Luke’s relationship with Mandy Richardson.
Other Hollyoaks rape victims are/were Nancy Osborne, John Paul McQueen, Ellie Nightingale & Holly Cunningham.
What is the difference between rape and consented sex?
Rape isn’t always physical or forced, sometimes it can be emotional blackmail. For example a man could have an argument with a woman and use his jealousy or insecurity to blackmail the woman to sleep with him even though she is not in the mood for sex – This is unconsentful meaning it is rape. It is normal for women to orgasm during unconsented sex as it’s a reaction to the sexual climax but people who are in a long-term relationship can be raped by their own partner.
In example: Holly Cunningham’s ex-boyfriend wouldn’t stop kissing Holly’s neck and said “I love you, you know I love you and you know you want this”, Holly is seen feeling uncomfortable and unsure about having sex and as she tells Ellie Nightingale how the sex felt like, Ellie explain to Holly she has been raped.
Bullies can be rapists and men get raped too
Mark Gibbs bullied and tormented Luke Morgan because he was jealous of his relationship with Mandy Richardson and his success with football so Mark decided to rape Luke to humiliate him and ruin his life which lead to Luke’s addiction to alcohol and the breakdown of his relationship with Mandy.
My rapist got away with raping me and I’m depressed
Unfortunately sometimes there isn’t enough evidence to prosecute the suspect but no matter what, you WILL get through this and move and eventually get closure.
Luke Morgan’s closure
Luke found Mark Gibbs roaming Hollyoaks village whilst he was spending time with Mandy Richardson and her daughter Ella. Luke vowed to get revenge for the rape he suffered 17 years ago from Mark. Whilst Mark was waiting to meet his wife on the bridge, Luke finally shouts out about his rape by Mark in front of Mark’s wife Jenna. Jenna looks on in horror and questions Mark if it’s true, realising it was true, Jenna runs away and Luke finally feels realief and embraces a scared & concerned Many realising it’s finally over.
My rape story
I was 14 years old and obviously I still had my female body back then as I didn’t come out as transsexual to my mother until I was 18. My rapist was a boy in my school, he was desperate and obsessed with sex and wouldn’t stop harassing me to perform certain sexual acts on him and one day he held me down in the science room and all I could remember was this horrible uncomfortable pain and was staring at the ceiling whilst crying in agony, waiting for all of it to be over and done with it. I had told my head mistress but she didn’t believe me, for weeks I had stomach pains, I felt sick and wouldn’t eat my lunch at school and eventually I suffered this horrible, crippling pain inside my stomach and then I was bleeding from my genitalia. I suffered a miscarriage and then never told anyone until I was 17 as I had never had sex before and because I was Autistic, I didn’t know how long a baby could last inside a woman’s stomach and I had no idea that I suffered a miscarriage.
For many years I was angry because my rapist didn’t go to prison, he was only given an order by the police to avoid all physical contact with me and I wanted revenge but then I saw his profile on Facebook and I couldn’t believe what I saw. He looked very obese and unattractive as well as bald and he has no girlfriend, I was so happy because I have so many friends and have had many relationships and I’ve probably had more relationships then him.
Rape will always be the hardest thing to get over and forget but the truth is, we’ll always get some form of closure and we will always survive this.
[ Luke Morgan facing his rapist Mark Gibbs ]
[ Mandy Richardson comforting a drunken Luke Morgan ]
[ Luke Morgan struggling to battle his alcohol addiction ]
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