Lydia Dingle struggles to cope in aftermath of her rape in Emmerdale | The Sun

CRAIG Reed took advantage of Lydia Dingle after the pair reconnected at a job fair in the village.

The Emmerdale favourite played by Karen Blick is unable to move on from her horrifying rape ordeal next week.

Kind-hearted and devoted family woman Lydia Dingle has been a major source of support for Amelia Spencer as she immediately accepted her role as grandmother for baby Esther.

As a result, she decided to find a way to make some extra cash – which eventually led her to reconnect with her childhood sweetheart Craig Reed (Ben Addis) at a local job fair.

The pair have slowly bonded again with Craig offering Lydia a job and her stepson Samson a work experience placement.

But what was supposed to be an innocent and friendly reunion was perverted by Craig when he raped Lydia Dingle in shocking scenes aired on ITV.

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Next week, Lydia struggles to cope in the aftermath of her rape but will she keep living in silence?

Lydia's ordeal all began when Craig was keen to talkabout their shared past and she nervously offered to take him to their baby’s resting place.

Craig and Lydia later looked over where their baby's ashes were scattered and imagined what his life would have been like.

They reflected on their lives and it became clear their grief had bonded them.

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Upon returning, Lydia and Craig shared a charged moment but Lydia decided to keep the near kiss a secret from her husband.

The following day, Lydia was anxious at Home Farm as she snapped at Kim Tate (Claire King) before telling her what had happened with Craig.

Before long, at his office, Lydia handed in her resignation but faltered when Craig emphasised how much their recent connection has meant to him.


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She took back her resignation but worried if she was making the right call due to their renewed connection and her commitment to Sam.

Craig revealed his true feelings for Lydia and she became terrified when he began to force himself on her.

Left in a state of shock, Lydia was then dropped home by her attacker but decided against the idea to tell anybody anything about her ordeal.

But can someone get her to open up?

Emmerdale airs weeknights from 7.30pm on ITV.

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