EastEnders fans sob at 'powerful' Ben and Kathy scene as Ben reveals rape trauma

Kathy Beale comforts Ben Mitchell
EastEnders watchers sobbed at a heart-wrenching scene between Ben Mitchell and Kathy Beale. (Image credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)

EastEnders viewers were in tears at an emotional and heartbreaking scene between Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) and her son, Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) during last night’s episode (Thursday, June 9) as he told her the devastating news that he was raped.

Recently in EastEnders, Ben has been reeling from the trauma of being raped by Albert bar manager Lewis Butler (Aidan O’Callaghan).

But last night’s episode saw Ben finally get the support he needed as he admitted the awful truth about what happened to him to his mum Kathy.

Kathy was heartbroken to hear the news and comforted Ben as he blamed himself. But, as she tried to convince him that it wasn’t his fault, Ben was overcome with grief and left the house to get some air.

Later on, he returned and Kathy told Ben that he should tell his husband, Callum Highway (Tony Clay).

Kathy comforts Ben as he cries

Ben finally told Kathy about the traumatic rape. (Image credit: BBC)

Ben lashed out and sobbed, refusing to tell him. 

“I know it doesn’t seem like it now, but you will get over this,” Kathy said.

“No, mum, I’m never going to get over this,” he wept.

“You will,” she reassured him.

Back in the 1980s, Kathy was herself a victim of rape at the hands of evil Willmott Brown.

Kathy opened up to Ben about this traumatic ordeal and told him that she didn’t want to see her son blame himself after everything she went through.

Kathy hugs Ben as they both cry

Kathy gave Ben the support he needed. (Image credit: BBC)

“You’ve got to fight back, Ben. If not for yourself then for others. Because if he’s done this to you, he could well have done it before. Or even again. Look, if you don’t want to go to the police, that’s your choice but, please, just think about it, that’s all I’m asking,” she begged.

After showering him with supportive words, the pair broke down in tears and Ben agreed that he would report Lewis to the police.

Ben let out his anguish after the harrowing revelation and sobbed in his mum’s arms.

Emotional fans were crushed by the heartbreaking scene, but also hailed it as "powerful" on social media…

EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm on BBC One — see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on episodes on BBC iPlayer now. 

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides, recaps and features for must-watch shows and delivers all the latest soap news and reactions. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.

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