EastEnders is setting up a volatile confrontation when Jack Branning comes face-to-face with niece Tiffany Butcher's rapist.
Jack (Scott Maslen) is currently the only member of Tiffany's (Maisie Smith) family who knows she was sexually assaulted during her time on the run with the gang, but has been sworn to secrecy by the teen.
However, events will spiral out control in tense scenes next week after Tiffany once again confides in Jack when she has a run-in with her rapist, the gang member Fraser.
Jack later checks in with Sonia (Natalie Cassidy) to see how Tiff is doing, but manages to twig Sonia's suspicions in doing so. This leads the angry teen to order Jack to back off, after Sonia starts to ask questions.
Her uncle initially agrees, but changes his mind after his own confrontation with Fraser in the park. He eventually calls in his old police contact Muski, who helped him convince Hunter Owen turn himself in earlier this year.
When that line of inquiry gets him nowhere, Jack takes the law into his own hands with another dramatic showdown with rapist Fraser.
Their confrontation quickly spirals out of control, potentially leading to some very dangerous consequences for the former copper. Will Jack be able to get revenge for Tiffany without crossing the legal line?
As viewers know, this on-going storyline will eventually lead up to the return of legendary cast member Patsy Palmer as Tiffany's mum Bianca Jackson later in the year.
EastEnders airs these scenes next week on BBC One.
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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