In Emmerdale right now Lydia Dingle is dealing with the devastating aftermath of being raped by old friend Craig Reed.
The performances have been moving and heartbreaking from Karen Blick, aka, Lydia, and chilling from Ben Addis (Craig). But the storyline itself has totally missed the mark.
It feels uncomfortable – but for the wrong reasons.
Craig assaulted Lydia in heartbreaking scenes (Credit: ITV)
Lydia is raped in Emmerdale
After reconnecting with old friend Craig, Lydia broke the news to him he was the father of her baby, Toby. She told him Toby had died at birth and then took Craig to see their son’s final resting place.
The grief bonded them and they almost shared a kiss. But Lydia insisted she loved her husband, Sam, and tried to resign from cleaning Craig’s offices.
Craig refused to accept her resignation and then made a move on her. Lydia told him no. She told him she didn’t want to, but he forced himself on her anyway.
Afterwards, Craig drove Lydia home and acted like nothing had happened.
Lydia has not told anyone, is trying to carry on as normal, but it’s clear there is something very wrong.