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So, in spite of everything we’ve got learnt the reality concerning the rape on the centre of ITV’s Liar. At the top of episode 3 – after the CPS determined no longer to pursue rape fees towards Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) – we see a flashback: he did drug the wine that Laura (Joanne Froggatt) drank at house, simply as she had mentioned.
It was once a surprising second. And the most important reminder that a guy will also be good-looking and nonetheless a rapist. A person will also be fascinating and nonetheless be a rapist. He will have a decent activity and nonetheless be a rapist.
Over the previous few weeks, audience – together with us within the GLAMOUR workplace – have speculated that any person else should have dedicated the rape (the taxi motive force, the ex, a random stranger who broke in).
So this was once a wake up name. We’d fallen for Andrew’s ‘fascinating guy’ act too. OK, so the display opened up in a means that was once intended to galvanize doubt – however why did not we whole-heartedly imagine Laura from the outset? Is it as a result of Andrew did not are compatible our pre-conceived concepts of what a rapist ‘looks as if’? Did we expect that as a result of he was once a widowed unmarried dad, that made him too ‘nice’ to be a sexual predator?
What a rape survivor thinks of ITV’s Liar
Of path, sexual predators are manipulative. They cover in simple sight. They abuse their positions of authority, their good-standing in the neighborhood.
We’re handiest now seeing the unpleasant fact about Andrew – however Liar has held up a mirror to our attitude in opposition to rape. If his personality were a TV stereotype of a loner weirdo, we may were sooner to assume he was once in charge.
Another uncomfortable fact: did we doubt Laura as a result of she did not behave in a means that we think sufferers too? She were given indignant and posted about it publicly on-line. She snuck into his space and snooped for proof. She shouted on the police. Would we’ve got believed her if she was once offered as crying and helpless? There isn’t any ‘proper’ means to behave upon getting been raped. Hopefully Liar will remind folks of that.