Audiences members were incandescent with rage after Pierce Harris (played by Jonathan Wrather) pinned girlfriend Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) to the kitchen floor and proceeded to rape her.
Many people were outraged by the disturbing scenes and the behaviour of Pierce, who has previously forced himself on Rhona against her will, and took to social media to blast the soap villain.
There were also scores of Emmerdale fans calling on Rhona to leave him for his violent and coercive behaviour.
One person posted on Twitter: “Rhona you must realise that what that devil Man Pierce is doing to you is wrong please tell someone and get Him set away for good #Emmerdale.”
While another wrote: “Kudos to #emmerdale producers for the #Perice storyline, they have been building his character from before he was on screen.”
“Rhona needs to open her eyes and realise pierce is abusing her and get away from him as soon as #emmerdale,” a third said.
Tonight’s double bill proved to be ominous from the start as Pierce undermined Rhona in front of her friends and implied that she was promiscuous.
Emmerdale: Rhona Goskirk is raped by Pierce Harris
Emmerdale: Rhona blamed herself for the rape
Rhona you must realise that what that devil Man Pierce is doing to you is wrong please tell someone and get Him set away for good #Emmerdale
At one point, she even questioned him as she asked: “Are you calling me a slapper?” after he listed a number of her past lovers.
However, it got progressively worse as he tried to encourage her to have sex outside, before humiliating her in front of her friends when the couple went over to dinner at Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) and Carly Hope’s (Gemma Atkinson) place.
After Pierce raped Rhona, he told her that he loved her and she seemingly blamed herself for what had occurred.
Emmerdale: Rhona Goskirk blamed herself for the rape
Emmerdale: Rhona Goskirk was left upset after the rape
The Rhona and Pierce domestic violence and rape storyline has been playing out for a while on the ITV soap and has highlighted rape within relationships.
Emmerdale has been praised by charity Rape Crisis for highlighting the subject, spokeswoman Katie Russell said: "Soaps traditionally aim to tackle a range of challenging topics and portray many of the darker aspects of life, including murder, addiction, terminal illness and so on.
“So arguably if rape was the only theme they shied away from, it might reinforce the notion that sexual violence is taboo, not even to be discussed.”
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Katie went on to tell Digital Spy: "Many rape survivors tell no-one what's happened to them at the time and can feel isolated and ashamed. Mainstream portrayals like this can act as a reminder to survivors that they're not alone and not to blame."
However, she warned that these kind of storylines could be “triggering or distressing” to survivors of these kind of attacks.
She urged people to contact Rape Crisis for confidential support and detailed information.
For more information visit www.rapecrisis.org.uk.
Emmerdale continues on ITV tomorrow night at 7pm.