The assault is 'every mother's worst nightmare', says Emmerdale's Louise Marwood (VIDEO)

When Chrissie and her family moved into Home Farm last year, they were hoping for a fresh start. But the Whits have been plunged into a living nightmare now Chrissie's 14-year-old son Lachlan has been accused of sexual assault by Alicia Metcalfe.

"It's horrific," says Louise Marwood, who plays Chrissie. "At the beginning it's the ultimate betrayal from a friend, Alicia, who she was quite close to and was a bridesmaid at Chrissie's wedding. For Chrissie, it's a difficult question of whether she's at fault. It's a very difficult situation for any mother to have to go through."

However, since Lachlan has a history of dark and twisted behaviour, how long will Chrissie stand by her son before she accepts the terrible truth about what he's done?

As Emmerdale's shock new storyline unfolds, we chat to Louise Marwood about the drama in store for her character, above.

The aftermath of Alicia's ordeal continues in Emmerdale, weeknights on ITV

Simon Timblick

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters. Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave? Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy. He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.