After being sexually assaulted by her childhood friend Craig Reed in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, Lydia Dingle is traumatized.
Craig Reed (Ben Addis), who plays Lydia Dingle in Emmerdale, had sexually assaulted her, but Karen Blick’s character doesn’t want to inform anyone.
Karen, who plays Lydia, has suggested that when Claire King’s character Kim Tate notices something is off, she may end up telling her about the experience.
Karen said in an interview with Express.co.uk and other media outlets: “I think Kim is an easy pick as Kim suspects [something].
The following day, when she reports to work, Kim notices something is off and starts to question her.
Lydia simply stops talking, saying, “I’m not going there, and I’m not talking about this. Kim, I believe, would provide the separation from her family that she requires.
While Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley), a friendly villager, is close to Lydia, she worries that Mandy may tell Sam Dingle (James Hooton).
The actress said, “Lydia is ultimately thinking about others and she doesn’t want Sam distressed or hurt.”
Karen did, however, imply that if the Dingles learned about the incident, they would exact retribution on Craig.
What will happen now that she is familiar with the Dingles? Karen continued. If the Dingles are unable to obtain traditional justice, “Will people harass Craig? Will the Dingles seek revenge in some other way?”
After the traumatic incident, when asked how the dynamic was working with Craig, Karen responded, “Craig’s reaction is almost as if he discredits Lydia’s version of events, which then fuels the doubt which she is having.”
After being gaslit by Craig, Lydia begins to doubt herself and finds it exceedingly challenging to face him.
When she sees him, “she is re-traumatized; she has a physical reaction,” Karen said.
“Seeing him triggers memories of what happened as well as our body’s PTSD-related thoughts and feelings.
Craig is aware of their financial position and is aware that Lydia required a job. It is horrible for Lydia to envision herself returning to the offices where the incident took place.
She is required to return to the scene of the crime almost daily for work and confront the offender, who denies that anything occurred.
“She was gaslit, which is making her daily life and guilt-related feelings worse. She continues to deteriorate because she believes her credibility will continue to decline.