Emmerdale: Rhona to confide in Vanessa about rape trauma?

Is Rhona about to reveal the truth about Pierce's actions?

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Emmerdale fans concerned about the welfare of Rhona following her abrupt departure last Thursday can take solace from the fact that she’s back in next week’s episodes. But will she finally open up about the horrific rape ordeal she endured at the hands of husband Pierce?

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Rhona will be seen arriving home from her honeymoon and quickly admitting to Paddy that she and Pierce are over,  confiding that he knew all about their kiss. Later, at the Woolpack, Paddy tells Marlon and Vanessa about the split – and it’s news that comes a complete shock to both parties.

Keen to speak with her best friend, Vanessa tentatively goes round and discovers that Rhona has trashed the house and all the wedding presents. As Vanessa surveys the wreckage, will Rhona confide the truth? Or will she find another coping mechanism?

Speaking recently about the drama that lies ahead, Emmerdale boss Iain MacLeod said: “We want this story to get Rhona, and viewers who have been through similar experiences, to a point where they feel it’s been a positive story to tell rather than a negative one.

“The worst thing we can do as dramatists would be to dissuade people at home who may have experienced this from coming forward and speaking about it.

“We’d hope the opposite is true that more people come forward and report their experience. We want that outcome for Rhona and the audience.”

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Emmerdale below.

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