Emmerdale's Lydia to share truth with her family after recent ordeal

Emmerdale spoilers follow.

This story discusses topics including rape and sexual assault.

Emmerdale's Lydia Dingle turns to her family for support next week as she continues to struggle following her ordeal with Craig Reed.

Lydia has been suffering in silence since Craig raped her at the start of last month, but the show has confirmed a turning point for the story as she starts to seek help.

As we recently revealed, Kim Tate is the first person who Lydia confides in, with those emotional scenes airing in this Thursday's hour-long episode (October 5).

Next week, Lydia's husband Sam is upset as she has gone away to stay with her mother with little explanation.

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Sam speaks to Kim, who treads carefully as she isn't sure whether Lydia has told him the truth or not.

When Sam and Kim try to call Lydia's mum, they both end up worried when they learn that Lydia isn't there after all. Sam starts to lose patience, demanding that Kim tells him everything she knows.

Meanwhile, Lydia is seen staying at a B&B as she listens to an emotional voice message from Sam. Sam's words strike a chord for Lydia, who starts to question her decision to run away.

Back in the village, Mandy makes matters worse for Sam by spreading her mistaken theory that Lydia is having an affair.

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Mandy explains the clues which supposedly back up her suspicions, but the conversation is interrupted when Lydia finally returns home.

The Dingle family are shocked as Lydia shares her trauma, explaining that she was raped by Craig.

Speaking recently about the long-term future of the story, Emmerdale producer Laura Shaw told Digital Spy and other media: "From very early on in the research with Rape Crisis, it was obvious that the impact on partners, family, friends and the whole local community is just huge.

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"Sam is going to really struggle to come to terms with it and his feelings of helplessness and inadequacy. He just wants to help Lydia, but he doesn't know what to do or how to help.

"What we'll see is how people really don't quite know how to react or what to say. They just want Lydia to be better, but how do you actually begin to help somebody who has been through an ordeal like that? We really see just how difficult it is, not just for Lydia, but for absolutely everyone around her as well."

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If you would like more information on real-life issues behind Lydia's storyline in Emmerdale, the soap is working with Rape Crisis — which offers a Sexual Abuse Support Line on 0808 500 2222 24 hours a day, or online at Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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