Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
At the beginning of tonight’s (November 8) episode, Maxine was distraught, revealing that she'd never thought she'd have to cover bruises again following her relationship with Patrick Blake.
Nursing a cut eye, Verity granted her the day off, with both her and Scott being there to offer support.
Maxine was then emotional at the thought of having to explain the incident to her daughter, Minnie, revealing that she had "no idea" how to explain to her that she's "growing up in a world where women can be assaulted on their way home".
After bumping into Lizzie in town, Maxine feared the news getting out, not wanting to be "the girl who got assaulted" and wondering how she could break the news to her daughter.
After suffering from flashbacks, Maxine dropped her shopping, with Romeo coming over to help. In a traumatised state, she mistook him for another attacker, leading to a heartbreaking panic attack.
Not wanting to "live in fear", she calls a meeting at The Dog, hoping to forge a better society for herself and Minnie.
With numerous people in attendance at the pub, Maxine reveals herself as the victim of the horrible assault, giving a passionate and thoughtful speech.
"I realised it's not my problem, it was his. It's not the fault of a woman for going on a nice night out with her friends," she said tearfully.
After a discussion on wider societal issues, the women in attendance criticised the men for their passivity, with their inaction on calling out unacceptable behaviour in effect enabling it.
Contemplating what they can do, Tony enlists the help of Tom, Jack and Romeo to create a video which calls for change from the other men in the village; not everybody is happy at the thought of progress though, with Eric watching the video through gritted teeth…
Hollyoaks streams first on All 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4. Selected omnibus episodes are available via Prime Video.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, 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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