The Hollyoaks writer explains why she launched Maxine’s dark story

Hollyoaks writer Jayshree Patel explained why she decided to present Maxine’s next special episode “The Long Walk Home,” saying men also have a “responsibility” to make sure women feel safe in public spaces.

Talking with Digital spy and other media outlets, Patel revealed that the idea for the episode initially came from her sister’s reaction to walking the dog at night, as well as watching her daughters grow old.

“Your worldview changes when you have daughters as you see life through their eyes,” she said.

“I think all parents face it and I think all girls face it inside themselves and it made me feel sad that we had to ask that question. One of the overwhelming emotions I felt about this was anger at the fact. that freedom was not allowed. “

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Patel went on to recount a conversation she had with her 16-year-old daughter after she was called on the street, which made her realize that the responsibility shouldn’t be on women alone.

“Trying to explain to an autistic child why a grown man would behave that way made me think that the responsibility is not just on women, but on everyone,” she added.

“We have this thing about how ‘it’s not all men’ and that’s correct, but all men have a responsibility, and that’s the thin end of the wedge. In the end, what we’re asking is pretty simple – to go out, have a drink, meet our friends and go home safely.

“It’s not a big request and that’s what the whole episode is about.”

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The special episode will follow Maxine on a night out as she is separated from a group of friends while in Liverpool and is violently attacked on her way home.

Speaking about the episode earlier this year, Hollyoaks boss Lucy Allan revealed that “The Long Walk Home” was produced and directed by an all-female team.

Hollyoaks streams first on All 4, with new episodes coming out every weekday morning. The show airs Monday to Friday at 6.30pm on Channel 4 and at 7pm on E4.

Selected omnibus episodes are available through Prime Video.

Read more Hollyoaks spoilers on our dedicated homepage

If you have been struck by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who works for the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, at their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape crisis in Scotland‘S the assistance number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the United States are encouraged to contact RAIN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673.

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