Episode 11

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Episode 11

  • When Ava starts acting strangely, Donnie becomes worried about what has happened to her.

  • This episode deals with the sensitive issue of rape. Read more about this subject in this useful Fact sheet (PDF) which includes information about where young people can go for help and advice.

  • Watch video content produced by young people about issues that have affected them. These stories are relevant to the third series of EastEnders E20:
  • Bullying
  • Bullying me made me better
  • Fitting in
  • Landlord problems
  • Negative labels
  • Young and homeless
  • Young carer

  • Watch this episode and use the teaching ideas and key questions below to deliver PSHE lessons for students from 14 years old upwards. Curricular links for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales can also be found.

Key Questions

  • - How is Ava feeling and behaving?
  • - How is Richard feeling and behaving?
  • - What do the terms consent and rape mean?
  • - How do Faith and Donnie react?

Teaching Ideas

  • This, with other episodes, enables students to use fictional characters as the focus for discussing the challenging issues of consent and rape. Be aware that some students may have experienced sexual violence and be affected by the programme. Ensure there is confidential access to information about local sources of help and support:
  • - Rape Crisis Centres - England & Wales
  • - Rape Crisis Centres - Scotland
  • - Rape Crisis Centres - Northern Ireland
  • - Survivors UK
  • - This is abuse
  • - Women's Aid

  • Before viewing:
  • Reflect on what happened at the end of the last episode and then use the key questions to encourage active viewing of the programme.

  • After viewing:
  • Using the key questions, students could discuss (perhaps in single sex groups to start with, then mixed) what happened and how the characters are behaving and feeling. Ensure that group ground rules are reinforced before discussion. Students could explore their own perceptions of what constitutes rape and then watch the two monologues from Donnie and WPC Ruth giving both a personal view and the legal position.
  • In exploring how Richard is feeling and behaving students may consider: Did they trust Richard? If not, when did they stop trusting him? Were there any warning signs that he wasn't respecting the boundaries required by his job? Should Ava have realised that Richard was in the wrong before? Is Ava to blame at all? (ensure that after discussion is it made clear that the answer is no - they can discuss the following: "Whatever you wear and wherever you go, 'yes' means 'yes' and 'no' means 'no'") What do they think should happen to Richard now - and why? Does he deserve a second chance - when? What is actually likely to happen to him? How often do rapists go to jail - why is that?

  • It may be possible for students to invite a specialist police officer to come and answer their questions about rape. Alternatively they could develop a list of questions and research the answers.
  • - Students may wish to discuss the difference between love and sex (returning to some material about Faith in earlier episodes). This is an important exploration.

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