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Hollyoaks airs drinking crisis for Frankie Osborne

Note: This story discusses topics including sibling sexual abuse.

Hollyoaks spoilers follow from Friday's episode on Channel 4 streaming, which doesn't air on E4 until Monday.

Hollyoaks has aired a devastating drinking crisis for Frankie Osborne.

It was previously confirmed by the Channel 4 soap that Frankie had been sexually abused by her twin brother JJ when they were children, something which the rest of her family are unaware of.

Frankie had previously repressed the memories but is now starting to remember what happened. The recollections have left her struggling to cope and, after lashing out due to an involuntary response caused by a trigger, landed her in police custody.

Tonight's (March 29) first-look episode saw the Osborne/Ashworth household visited by a social worker who asked Frankie if something had happened in order to cause her to develop the stress reaction.

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Upon learning that Frankie suffered with outbursts of anger, the social worker questioned if something had happened to her in order to trigger her reaction.

"In my experience young people don't lash out for no reason, are you scared Frankie?" she said. "If someone's making you feel like that, you need to tell me."

Frankie appeared to want to open up about the abuse she had suffered, however, after spotting JJ listening in on their conversation she changed her mind and claimed her actions were due to feeling left out at school.

After the visit Suzanne was left struggling to find the right way to support her daughter, ultimately deciding to move out after Darren and Nancy suggested that Frankie would benefit from having some independence.

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But the plan backfired and left the teenager feeling even more vulnerable.

Heartbroken, Frankie demanded to be left alone and swiped a bottle of vodka on her way upstairs.

Later on, JJ went in to Frankie's room to speak to her but was left horrified to discover his sister unconscious and choking after drinking an entire bottle.

Fortunately, JJ and Darren were able to get her breathing again before phoning an ambulance for assistance – but will Frankie be able to get the support she needs?

Hollyoaks streams first online via Channel 4 each weekday at 7.30pm. Episodes then air on E4 the following day, before getting their YouTube premiere a week after that.

Selected omnibus episodes are available via Prime Video.

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Hollyoaks has been working on Frankie's story with guidance from SARSAS, which provides specialist services and resources for those who have experienced any form of sexual violence.

More information is available from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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