The ITV soap opera Emmerdale’s Lydia Dingle is traumatized after being sexually assaulted by her childhood friend Craig Reed.
Craig Reed (Ben Addis), who plays Lydia Dingle in Emmerdale, raped her, but she doesn’t want to tell anyone. Karen Blick plays Lydia.
Karen, who plays Lydia, has nonetheless made hints that if Kim Tate (Claire King) finds anything amiss, she may end up telling her about the experience.
In a statement to the media, Karen said: “I believe Kim is an obvious choice because Kim suspects [something].”
The following day, she reports to work, and Kim tries to question her since she notices something is off.
“Lydia just cuts herself off, saying, “I’m not going there, I’m not talking about this. I believe Kim would provide her with the separation from her family that she requires.
Lydia is great friends with Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley), but she is concerned that Sam Dingle (James Hooton) may find out.
The actress explained that Lydia’s primary concern is for other people and that she doesn’t want Sam to be in pain or upset.
However, Karen made it clear that if the Dingles learned about the rape, they would exact revenge on Craig.
What will happen given her knowledge of the Dingles? Karen tacked on. If the Dingles are unable to obtain traditional justice, would they somehow seek retribution upon Craig?
Karen responded to a question on the dynamic between her and Craig after the traumatic assault by saying, “Craig’s reaction is almost as if he discredits Lydia’s version of events, which then fuels the doubt which she is having.”
Following Craig’s gaslighting her, Lydia begins to question her abilities, and she finds it extremely challenging to face him.
When she sees him, she experiences retraumatization and reacts physically, Karen said.
“Our body suffers from PTSD, and seeing him brings up memories of the incident as well as associated feelings and thoughts.
Craig is aware of Lydia’s need for a work and their financial circumstances. We observe Lydia returning to the locations of the incident, which is terrible for her.
“She has to return to the scene of the crime where the offender denies any involvement every day on her way to work.
“She was gaslighted, and this has made her daily life and guilt-ridden feelings worse. She gets worse with time because she believes her credibility will only decline.