EastEnders star Louisa Lytton has been "surprised" by reaction to Ruby's rape story

EastEnders star Louisa Lytton has spoken out about the big reaction she’s had to Ruby Allen’s harrowing rape story.

Tuesday’s (October 9) episode of the BBC soap saw Louisa’s character Ruby confide in her friend Stacey Fowler about a traumatic evening she’d had with Martin’s friends.

Ruby told Stacey that newcomer Matt had taken advantage of her when she passed out drunk after a party at the E20.

Speaking about the reaction to the storyline on Lorraine today, Louisa said: “[It’s been] a great reaction. I was quite surprised.”

She added: “I’ve had loads of people contact me directly on social media just saying, ‘This is the closure I’ve needed for so long, this incident happened to me 10 years ago, I questioned whether it was rape or not this episode has confirmed to me that in fact it was.’

“I was surprised myself actually just how quickly that reaction has happened and that’s the whole point of this storyline to hopefully open that conversation for men and women and hopefully educate. It is important that it’s done right.”

EastEnders will air the fallout of Ruby’s confession in tonight’s episode, as Stacey urges her to report the crime to the police.

As Stacey remembers her own rape ordeal, she encourages Ruby to go to the clinic and then decide whether to tell the police. But what will Ruby do?

EastEnders airs tonight at 7.30pm on BBC One. Lorraine airs weekdays 8.30am to 9.25am on ITV.

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. 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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