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EastEnders Is Praised For Tackling Sexual Consent Issues In Special Episode

Eastenders characters weren't having the usual in the Queen Vic on Thursday. The special episode of the soap was dedicated to its characters discussing and debating the issue of sexual consent. And viewers were quick to praise the show for tackling the tricky, yet important issue.

The episode, which is uniquely set in a single location and delves deep into one plot, centres around one of the show's latest story lines where Ruby Allen, played by actress Louisa Lytton, says she was raped after a night out, but the men who have been accused say she had given her consent.

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The show involved the rape case making headlines in the local Eastenders paper and characters in the Queen Vic gossiping and speculating on the identity of the anonymous victim.

The episode then progressed along with the conversation as it led to a heated discussion on the topic of sexual consent among the Queen Vic's punters.

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Ruby, the victim, is forced to silently listen as she tries to enjoy a quiet drink with Stacey Slater, played by Lacey Turner. This is not helped by the fact that Martin Fowler, played by James Bye, is also in the pub with a gang of mates - the men who have been charged. Heated discussion ensues as Ruby's identity as the victim is revealed.

Viewers were quick to praise the show with one fan tweeting:

The BBC was quick to proffer support to those affected by the issues raised and tweeted: "Details of organisations offering information and support with sexual abuse are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 0800 077 077."

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In case you missed the show you can watch it on iPlayer.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Entertainment

Amelia Jones

Amelia is a freelance journalist and editor specialising in beauty, health, fitness and lifestyle. She has previously worked for titles including Women's Health, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, Red and the Mail on Sunday. Follow her on Instagram @ameliajeanjones or contact her via email at ameliajeanjones@gmail.com.

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