The following article contains discussion of sexual assault that some readers may find upsetting.
Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Misbah Maalik has vowed to expose rapist Ali Shahzad by pressing criminal charges in Hollyoaks.
This week's episodes have seen Misbah reconsider the events surrounding Shaq's conception, coming to the realisation that she'd not consented on that night so many years ago.
In Thursday's (November 4) first-look episode, Misbah continued grappling with those events because she hadn't "actually said no" to Ali.
Daughter Yazz clarified to her not saying "no" didn't mean she consented and asked Misbah what she'd say if that happened to one of her kids, with Misbah admitting she feared the consequences of delving into her memories.
At the same time, Sami stopped Shaq from attacking his father Ali by assuring him while he "can't change where [he] came from, [he] could choose" how he dealt with it.
"We can sort this the right away… together," Sami promised him.
Sami brought Shaq home, where he was able to embrace Misbah and cry together. Misbah opened up about how being assaulted knocked her confidence, leaving her questioning her judgment constantly.
"I'd lost that fire," she explained. "All this time, I've been thinking I've been managing, but I've never been free. It's like I've been holding my breath since that day. He did that to me."
While Misbah wasn't sure initially about Sami's advice to press charges, she changed her mind after hearing Ali was moving Cleo off her research team to work directly with him.
"Ali, he's still doing it," Misbah realised. "Using his position, taking advantage of girls who think he can do no wrong. How many other lives has he ruined? How many more girls will he hurt?"
She then vowed: "I have to stop this, Yazz. I have to expose Ali for who he really is. I need to press charges."
Hollyoaks airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first-look screenings at 7pm on E4. Selected omnibus episodes are available via Amazon 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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