The elder brother of Halfway – who is played by actor Ricky Champ in the BBC soap – told his old friend Mick about the real reason he hunts paedophiles and viewers couldn't cope.
Stuart told how he took the rap for Mick when they were younger and ended up inside a youth prison instead of his old friend.
But as he explained that being in the institute as a child left him at the mercy of a a paedophile guard to a horrified Mick.
"What do you mean if I lived your life? We were both brought up on a council estate, we were both in care, I did live your life."
Stuart asked him if he did pointing out that he took the fall for Mick and was sent to young offenders in his place.
But as Mick mocked him for being "roughed up" in the centre, Stuart revealed all but Mick couldn't cope and began to walk away.
"It makes you sick, doesn't it? Makes you want to run away. Well I don't blame you, if I could run I would and all."
"It was me, I was abused," he said before explaining what happened to him.
"I thought he was someone kind, someone nice. And then he paid me a visit at night and…" Stuart added as he struggled to form words.
Mick asked him if he was going to find the man responsible, but he said he couldn't even say his name so he needed to continue hunting other paedophiles.
But as Mick said it should have been, Stuart cut short his pity party and insisted he was glad it wasn't him abused.
Viewers took to Twitter to share their emotional reaction to Stuart's admission, with one writing: "It's fantastic to see such a taboo issue explored on screen and giving male victims/survivors the encouragement to tell their story… well done."
Another said: "Another important topic raised #Eastenders, Stuart’s story is so eye opening."
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