EastEnders has announced that the sexual abuse that Mick Carter suffered as a child will be discussed in a significant new storyline.
Monday’s BBC soap episode confirmed that when he was 12 years old, Mick was raped by a care worker named Katy Lewis.
“Jon Sen, the executive producer of EastEnders, commented:” Viewers have always understood that Mick spent several years in care, which was the explanation for his broken relationship with Shirley, so now the audience can find out why Mick’s childhood was so traumatic.
This storyline will see Mick having to tackle the ghosts of his past, something he unsuccessfully sought for several years to escape and face the fact that when he was in treatment, he suffered violence.
“In educating and grounding Mick’s story very much in fact, our work with SurvivorsUK and NSPCC has been critical. We hope this storyline will help challenge the stereotypes, stigma and shame, particularly faced by male survivors.”
Earlier this month, EastEnders‘ latest storyline started on television, when newcomer Frankie Lewis announced that she is the daughter of Mick.
Frankie confided in Mick’s aunt Tina about her girlfriend, Katy Lewis, in Monday’s episode. Tina recognized the name instantly and was delighted about the obvious coincidence, explaining that when they were young, Katy was their care worker.
Frankie was privately shocked to learn that her mother had raped Mick when he was 12 years old, realizing the reality of the case for the first time. Mick was obviously puzzled about his background, though, and told Frankie that the case was not what she believed.