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Tonight saw a unique episode of EastEnders air in the aftermath of Ruby’s (played by Louisa Lytton) assault.

Ruby went back to Martin Fowler’s (James Bye) mate Ross’ house on the BBC soap after a school reunion but the night took a horrendous turn for her although none of the events were shown on screen.

This evening’s instalment saw the morning after take it’s toll on Ruby after she struggled to articulate to Stacey (Lacey Turner) what had happened to her, although Stacey could see something was wrong.

All the while the two spoke about how differently women experienced sexual encounters to men, the show cut away to show Martin and his friends and how they told the story of what happened.

Toward the end of the episode, Ruby summoned up the courage to tell Stacey she had started to feel uncomfortable at Ross’ flat but ended up having sex with him despite feeling uncomfortable about it.

She then went on to say how she woke up after passing out to find another pal of Martin’s, Matt, on top of her before he proceeded to rape her.

However, poor Ruby didn’t think she had been assaulted because she “didn’t say no”.

“It was dark, I thought it was Ross and I rolled over and his face was lit up,” Ruby explained as she became overwhelmed with emotion.

“It was Matt, and he had this look in his eyes that blokes get and I couldn’t move.

“I didn’t do anything I just laid there.”

Ruby was clearly distressed as she blamed herself for the rape, explaining to Stacey: “I shouldn’t have gone back there, I shouldn’t have drunk so much. I shouldn’t have done it.”

But Stacey was determined to make her friend see that she’d done nothing wrong as she said: “No, no Rubes, they shouldn’t have. Matt raped you."

“What?” Ruby asked before Stacey replied: “He raped you. And the others just let it happen.”

“I didn’t say no,” Ruby retorted.

But Stacey had the final word as she said: “You didn’t say yes.”

Those watching at home were moved by the hard-hitting episode and took to Twitter to comment.

“Ruby realising what happened last night. I am sobbing #EastEnders,” one wrote.

Another shared: “My heart is breaking for Ruby, no-one should have to go through this and it's so upsetting to know people do every day.”

“Omg this is heartbreaking #eastenders,” a third proclaimed.

A fourth said: “@louisalytton. @LaceyTurner you 2 have just had me in tears. #eastenders.”

However, some were quick to praise the soap for tackling the important issue.

“Thanks for bringing this to light #Eastenders a story too close to home but it needs to be done #metoo,” one wrote.

Another shared: “I feel like #Eastenders is touching on an incredibly important subject so well rn.”

EastEnders continues Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by this storyline, please contact Rape Crisis on freephone 08088029999 or visit the website here.

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