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EastEnders fans 'traumatised' by Ben Mitchell's devastating rape scene

EastEnders fans were left "traumatised" following Ben Mitchell's harrowing sexual assault during Monday (May 23) night's episode.Over recent weeks, the character - played by Max Bowden on the BBC One soap - has been going through a difficult patch with his husband Callum Highway (Tony Clay).After yet another fight with Callum, Ben decided to drown his sorrows and download a dating app where he made contact with the new manager of The Prince Albert and bartender Lewis Butler (Aidan O'Callaghan).Ben and Lewis grew close as they spent an evening together, with Ben opting to go upstairs with Lewis as soon as The Prince Albert closed. While heading upstairs with Lewis, Ben received a text from Callum which saw him and Lexi pose for a selfie.After receiving the text, a sobering Ben could be seen having second thoughts and decided to call off his date with Lewis.While Ben tried to leave, Lewis refused to let him up and events soon took a horrifying turn.In harrowing scenes, the bar manager decided to rape Ben in the same location his mother Kathy was raped by Wilmott Brown years ago.The tough scenes had a devastating impact on EastEnders viewers.Posting to Twitter, fans of the soap said they were "traumatised" by the "sad" scenes and expressed their horror at the awful situation.One gutted viewer wrote: "Seeing Ben sobbing and fighting is so sad."Another tearful fan replied: "The MULTIPLE times he said no, saying it once should ALWAYS be enough!"Broke my heart watching how traumatised Ben was to the point his face was blank, he couldn't move, couldn't react, he couldn't believe THAT just happened to him."Meanwhile, a third fan said: "I'm traumatised.
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EastEnders is set to explore male postnatal depression in a new emotional storyline featuring Stuart Highway who struggles to bond with his newborn son.Beloved soap star Ricky Chamo – who plays the role of Stuart in the popular BBC One soap – will showcase the realities of his mental health struggle as his character also juggles his ongoing cancer treatment.While tackling his ongoing breast cancer, the Londoner appears to struggled to connect with newborn son Roland which is set to send him into a downward spiral in the heart of Watford.BBC bosses have revealed the cast and crew have been working closely with two mental health charities while covering the sensitive topic so that Stuart’s plight is portrayed to viewers at home as realistically as possible.The soon-to-be dad has been a much-loved character on the show since 2018 and has recently gone through a number of emotional storylines on the show.Over the past few months, Stuart has been diagnosed with male breast cancer which he has recently agreed to go under the knife for the sake of his son who he shares with his supportive wife Rainie Highway.Throughout his milestone journey, the actor has worked closely and received guidance from Mind and the Pandas Foundation which supports parents and carers who are struggling to cope at home. Head of Padas, Annie Belasco, said: “Pandas Foundation were delighted to hear that EastEnders intended to produce a storyline highlighting postnatal depression in men.
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