Alison King 'proud' of Corrie rape storyline

'Coronation Street' actress Alison King is "proud" of her alter-ego Carla Connor's rape storyline as it has led to victims of sexual assault seeking help

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Alison King is "proud" of Coronation Street's rape storyline.

The actress - who plays factory boss Carla Connor in the ITV1 soap - was sexually assaulted by her former fiance Frank Foster (Andrew Lancel) when she called off their wedding and with the trial set to begin tonight (30.01.12), Alison is pleased it has led people who have been raped to seek help.

She told The Sun newspaper: "The reaction from fans has been immense. I have had a lot of letters from women who have come forward since that episode.

"There was an 800 per cent increase in the number of people reporting rapes after we did the story, mainly those who had been raped by someone they knew.

"It shows how hard it is to go and report rape to somebody because people are so scared of their whole life being ripped away publicly on the stand."

Carla is set for a tough week where she will give evidence during Frank's trial and Alison admitted the factory owner - who is currently conducting an affair with married bookie Peter Barlow (Chris Gasgoine) - will be devastated if Frank is found not guilty.

She said: "Carla will be absolutely devastated if Frank gets off because she was raped. And no matter what the consequences with Peter, it's got nothing to do with what happened to her."

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