This story discusses topics including rape and sexual assault.
Emmerdale spoilers follow.
Emmerdale's Lisa Riley has responded to the announcement of a major new storyline for Lydia Dingle.
In the storyline, which the soap has collaborated with Rape Crisis on, Lydia will be sexually assaulted by her childhood friend Craig, and she will struggle with whether to report him to the police and starts to withdraw from her friends and family.
On her Instagram, Riley responded to the announcement, writing: "So so so proud of my dear friend [Karen Blick], this is very sensitive storyline coming up in @emmerdale. You will all get to see acting at its absolute best.
"To watch from afar, the research, the dedication, the love for her job, it’s why we love what we do.
"You can now see this story unfold…..on @emmerdale @itv @itvxofficial …..for all women who have suffered this way, please know there is ALWAYS help. There is ALWAYS someone who WILL listen. #emmerdale."
"Thank you so so much for your kind words," Blick commented. "Team effort over in that village as we all know."
The Lydia actress said in a press release that the storyline is "one of the most important and sensitive stories I have been part of", and she was shocked upon learning the statistics.
Since being given the storyline, she has met with women impacted by the crime and hopes to do them justice and raise further awareness.
Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.
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 247sexualabusesupport.org.uk. 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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