Rotherham rape gang survivor Sammy Woodhouse releases book about her ordeal

By Gareth Dennison | 23/03/2018

Rotherham rape gang survivor Sammy Woodhouse releases book about her ordeal
Sammy Woodhouse

CHILD sex abuse survivor Sammy Woodhouse hopes releasing a book about her ordeal will keep future generations from harm.

She has written Just A Child, which tells her story of being targeted from age 14 by predator Arshid “Ash” Hussain.

Sammy (pictured), now 32, said: “If this book saves one child from becoming a victim it has been worth it. 

“If it encourages one victim to come forward, it will have been worth it.

“If it educates someone on CSE and the effects it has, it will have been worth it.”

Sammy first spoke out about in 2013, helping to trigger the Jay report which revealed more than 1,400 victims in Rotherham from 1997 to 2013.

Since then, she has secured funding for reforms, campaigned for better counselling and taken part in shaping the borough’s new taxi licensing rules.

And her court testimony helped jail a grooming gang for 103 — including a 35-year sentence for Hussain.

She had thought she was in a relationship with him when they met, but she fell victim to a decade of sexual, physical and psychological abuse.

Her parents’ complaints to police and social services they were ignored. 

But now Sammy works with officers — as well as schools and health agencies — to help other survivors move on with their lives.

She is also campaigning for Sammy’s Law, which will ensure children cannot be charged for crimes committed while they were being groomed. Sammy hopes this will encourage more victims to come forward.

The book, published by Bonnier, will be available from Thursday, April 19, priced at £7.99.


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