While soaps bill - and pride - themselves on being Love In the Afternoon, the medium has also been used to tell socially relevant, educational stories that genuinely enriched the lives of their viewers.
The granddaddy of them all is Bert Bauer's cervical cancer scare on Guiding Light in 1962, penned by Agnes Nixon.
Thirty years later, on an Agnes Nixon created show, writer Michael Malone spun the tale of Marty's gang-rape on One Life to Live.
Malone told Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments, "It was a graphic, honest, intensely emotional, extensively researched portrayal of the too-often unreported crime of college rape, in this case a gang rape by three fraternity men. The victim was Marty, a fellow student who already knew them, who had previously had sex with one of them, and who was intoxicated at the time of the rape. The “message” of the story was that none of these circumstances mitigate against the fact that rape is rape and rape is a major crime."
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PC: Kevin mourns Eve
AMC: Laura's death
OLTL: Bo and Nora's wedding
DOOL: "Roman" sees a presumed dead Marlena alive on the pier
Y&R: David's KILLER plastic surgery, the masquerade ball and death by garbage chute
DOOL: Eileen Davidson plays five different roles - and lives to tell about it!
GL: Olivia and Natalia's romance
Y&R: Dru/Neil/Malcolm and Lily's paternity reveal
EON: Draper's Great Train Escape