In the first episode of the four-part thriller, Yvonne (played by Emily Watson) was sexually assaulted by a co-worker, who was later murdered by her lover Mark Costly (Ben Chaplin).
As she stood trial accused of murder, she was asked by Mark’s defence barrister to recount the details of her attack.
However, all throughout her testimony the barrister sought to cast doubt on the rape claim and suggested Yvonne was sexually promiscuous because she had once made a joke about being “easy”.
“You are trying to create a false impression of the kind of relationship that we had. This is why I didn’t want to bring this to court in the first place,” Yvonne cried.
Apple Tree Yard viewers have hit out at the justice system over its treatment of rape victims
Apple Tree Yard: Yvonne was brutally raped by a co-worker in the first episode
Just 15 per cent of people who have experienced sexual violence choose to report it to the police and only 5.7 per cent of reported rape cases end in a conviction for the perpetrator, according to Rape Crisis England and Wales.
Those watching at home praised the show for bringing an important issue to light.
One social media user said: “Horrendous victim blaming in #AppleTreeYard No wonder rape isn't reported. Brilliant stuff from Emily Watson though.”
Apple Tree Yard: The barrister tried to suggest that Yvonne was lying about being raped
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“This tv programme shows you why women don't go to the police about rape #AppleTreeYard,” another added.
Someone else agreed, tweeting: “Firstly, what a complete S*** Mark is. And sadly so very believable. Secondly it's no wonder so many women don't report rape #AppleTreeYard.”
A fourth said: “To see the portrayal of the victim blaming shown in #appletreeyard highlights EXACTLY why people aren't confident to report rape/ assault.”
Details of organisations offering information and support with sexual abuse are available at the BBC Action Line