Grooming Victim Whose Life Was ‘Destroyed’ Slams Rotherham Authorities, by Virginia Hale.
Rotherham grooming victim Sammy Woodhouse has said she was “betrayed” by authorities in the town, who failed to act on the violent child rapist for fear of “being perceived as racist”.
Now campaigning for other victims of sexual abuse, she said she was “just one of dozens of girls… exploited and viewed as white trash” in Rotherham by Arshid Hussain, a drug dealer ten years her senior from a notorious family of criminals.
“He took everything from me: my loving family, my future, my friends”, Woodhouse told the Mail, recalling that she had “just turned 14” when the then 24 year old began the grooming process. …
Woodhouse’s parents were distraught when they learned Hussain was having sex with their daughter, but the “manipulative” rapist told her people’s concern was borne of racism. “Your dad just doesn’t like me because he’s a racist”, Woodhouse was told.
The relationship escalated when she began disappearing for days or weeks at a time, moving between flats and B&Bs in Rotherham, many apparently owned by the Hussain family.
“Dad scoured the streets looking for me. He took my photo to every B&B and hotel in the area, asking if anyone had seen me. Mum would cry herself to sleep. It ripped our family apart,” she said. …
Fearing for their daughter’s safety, Woodhouse’s parents put her in the care of social service. But despite Rotherham Council knowing that Hussein was a serial abuser, social services did nothing to protect the girl from him
“They failed me massively. I was betrayed by them”, she said. “Mum and Dad were distraught but powerless. The police were scared to be perceived as racist. Nothing was done.
“Meanwhile, I was being sexually abused on a daily basis. Sometimes it was as if I was a dead body lying on a slab. I’d become emotionless. I weighed 7st — I was like a rag doll. …
The anti-abuse campaigner described how, as a 14 year old, police found her half-naked at one of Hussain’s properties, hiding under the bed. Rather than being concerned about her position as an under-age girl, they cautioned Woodhouse for possession of an offensive weapon after discovering a truncheon — which belonged to Hussain — in her handbag.
hat-tip Stephen Neil