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Keith
Oct 4 2013, 11:20 PM
jam6242
Oct 4 2013, 11:07 PM
Keith
Oct 4 2013, 10:08 PM
Romancer66
Oct 4 2013, 07:44 PM

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The rape was never revealed, to my knowledge. Bill was drunk and he definitely assaulted Laura. Bill did not remember what happened and when he asked Laura, she said she had turned him away and nothing happened. She lied to preserve Mickey and Bill's relationship.
Laura did tell Tom Horton about the rape when he found out Mickey was sterile and therefore couldn't be Michael's father. I also remember Bill talking to Susan Martin about it when he dated her.

I believe Bill's "punishment" was watching his brother raise his son (and spending time in prison for Kitty's manslaughter). But, the rape was sort of glossed over as time passed and Bill and Laura were drawn back together.
I would kill to see that scene between Mac and La Flannery.

Obviously Bill learned that he did rape Laura when he learned Mike was his. Mickey raising Mike was definitely Bill's punishment. Mike called Mickey "dad" until his death.
Thanks for the history lesson! It's kind of mind-bending to see how differently the show dealt with rape from era to era. It sounds as though Bill was kind of allowed to "skate" because he was a)drunk and b)couldn't remember the rape. And because Laura told him nothing happened. But it doesn't appear that Bill was ever expected to feel shame or remorse, even when he did find out. Or that he spent any time as the town pariah for raping his ex-girlfriend/brother's fiancee. Quite a contrast to the Jack and Kayla storyline, which I guess represents something of a step forward by not glossing over the severity of the offense or the rapist's culpability. For the record, I've never much liked what I've seen of Bill, even without knowing the details of what happened between him, Laura, and Mickey. He always seemed stiff, arrogant, and a touch harsh.
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