Emmerdale: Rhona reveals her rape ordeal to Vanessa

After weeks of suffering in silence, she finally confides in her friend about Pierce's crime

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Rhona Goskirk has finally told someone about her horrific rape ordeal. In the first of tonight’s Emmerdale double bill, the traumatised vet revealed she had been sexually assaulted by her husband Pierce Harris to her best friend Vanessa Woodfield, who was stunned at the news.

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Having returned to the village from her honeymoon without her other half yesterday, Rhona told her friends she and Pierce had split up and he’d left after discovering her illicit kiss with ex Paddy Kirk, but played down what really happened. 

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Tonight, concerned Vanessa paid a visit to Rhona and was shocked to find she had trashed the house along with all her wedding presents. Realising there was more behind her friend’s behaviour and noticing her flinch at the mention of Pierce’s notorious temper, Vanessa pleaded with Rhona to tell her what her husband did – until finally Rhona admitted that Pierce had raped her.

Viewers will have to wait until part two of tonight’s double helping at 8pm on ITV to find out what happens next, and whether Rhona decides to tell the police immediately about the attack, but Emmerdale producer Iain MacLeod recently confirmed that the harrowing story is building towards a positive conclusion – however, there’s much more drama to come before then…  

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

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