Stacey Slater has spoken for women across the globe in a heartfelt speech about sexual assault – and they have thanked her for it.
In emotional scenes shown last night (Tuesday 20 November), Stacey gave husband Martin Fowler a few home truths about what it’s really “like to be a woman living in this world”.
Fans watched and fist pumped the air as Stacey explained how females are often abused, raped or molested by the people that are closest to them.
As Martin listened open-mouthed and shocked, Stacey explained that it’s on “home turf” that women are often most vulnerable.
She launched into the empowering speech in an effort to get Martin to see her side, as he still remains doubtful over Ruby’s rape claims.
During a heated argument, which many woman could sadly relate to, she told her stunned husband: “You have no idea what it’s like to be a woman in this world.
“All the shouting and whistling and leering and touching. All the time. It’s like white noise.
“That’s why you don’t believe anyone like you, anyone you know, could do this.”
Last month, Stacey’s friend Ruby Allen was raped by Martin’s old school friend after a drunken school reunion.
Viewers know that Ruby consented to have sex with one friend, but later awoke to discover another of the group was in bed with her.
Since then, Stacey – a rape victim herself – has stood by her old friend, while Martin has stayed loyal to his friends and doubted Ruby’s story.
In a desperate attempt to get her husband to see her side, Stacey continued: “We know that the bad man out there ain’t a stranger.
“He’s the man you lived with, who mows your lawn, who buys you a drink.
“He’s your mate, your boyfriend, your brother. The bloke you go clubbing with.
“Normal, every day men, Martin. They’re the ones that hurt you, that rape you, that kill you.
“Do you know the most dangerous place for a woman to be? Home turf. That’s where the real monsters are.”
Fans rushed to Twitter to applaud Stacey’s speech, thank the scriptwriters and praise actress Lacey Turner for her performance.
One wrote: “Wow, I don’t normally watch #Eastenders but happened to see it tonight and so glad I did, to catch Stacey’s powerful, moving dialogue about rape. Hard truths to hear. Bloody hell, incredible writing, and brilliantly performed @LaceyTurner.”
Another added: “That was one hell of a speech from Stacey about #rape and home turf being the most dangerous place. Impressive #EastEnders.”
Wow, I don’t normally watch #Eastenders but happened to see it tonight and so glad I did, to catch Stacey’s powerful, moving dialogue about rape. Hard truths to hear. Bloody hell, incredible writing, and brilliantly performed @LaceyTurner.
— Rachel Parris (@rachelparris) November 20, 2018
I don’t usually take much notice of #EastEnders but I watched it tonight and Stacey’s speech about consent and inequality that women face on a daily basis was absolutely brilliant! If you haven’t seen it, definitely check it out. #IBelieveHer
— Kayleigh Falvey (@kayleighfalvey) November 20, 2018
— Clare E (@MireliAmbar) November 20, 2018
Stacey’s speech to Martin about being a woman in this world needs to be said more often 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #Eastenders
— 💚❤️ Jess 💚❤️ (@Jess__WL) November 20, 2018
Wow what powerful dialogue well said Stacey ❤️ #Eastenders
— Faye (@MissFayeTierney) November 20, 2018
Yaaas Stacey, preach it 👏👏👏👏 #EastEnders
— ♥Kezza_Lou♥ (@KerryLouiseRoss) November 20, 2018
Stacey's whole speech on #EastEnders about rape and sexual assault was perfect. What she said was something that unfortunately a large percentage of women know intimately and I'm glad we got that scene.
— Sharne Roberts (@Sharne3802) November 20, 2018
A third typed: “I don’t usually take much notice of #EastEnders but I watched it tonight and Stacey’s speech about consent and inequality that women face on a daily basis was absolutely brilliant! If you haven’t seen it, definitely check it out. #IBelieveHer.”
“Stacey’s speech to Martin about being a woman in this world needs to be said more often,” said another.
More called the speech “spot on”, “epic” and “one hundred percent right”.
Next week’s EastEnders sees yet another twist in Ruby’s rape storyline when the whole of Albert Square finds out what happened on the night she was attacked.
Ruby’s week gets off to a positive start when she learns that Ross and Matt have both been charged, but her relief doesn’t last long after spotting that her case is all over the front page of the Walford Gazette.
Despite the fact she isn’t named in the paper, Ruby panics that everyone is going to work it out and is gutted later that evening when she discovers vicious comments online, doubting her side of the story.
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