Sammy Woodhouse was 14 when she became the victim of grooming. After escaping, Sammy had the courage to blow the whistle on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, prompting the Jay Report that identified at least 1400 victims, and culminating in a high-profile court case that saw her abuser jailed for 35 years.
Sammy now works with the police, schools, the NHS and many other key agencies to help prevent more children from becoming victims, and to help other survivors move on with their lives. She campaigns for Sammy's Law, which will ensure children cannot be charged for committing crimes whilst they were being groomed. She hopes this will encourage more victims to come forward. Her aim is to prevent future generations from having their lives devastated by child sexual exploitation.
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The Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller
A chilling and heartbreaking story of how a trusting young girl survived and ultimately brought down the Rotherham child sexual exploitation ring.
Sammy Woodhouse was just 14 when she met Arshid Hussain. Ten years older, he promised to take care of her. Sammy thought she was in love, but in reality she was being groomed by a ringleader of Britain's most notorious child sex ring.
Just A Child tells the heartbreaking story of how a young girl from Rotherham was abused by her drug-dealing 'boyfriend', eventually giving birth to his baby, right under the nose of the very authorities who were meant to protect her. When reality dawned and Sammy realised she was one of countless vulnerable child victims - many of whom were trafficked around the north of England - she took it upon herself to blow the whistle and save others from a similar fate.
Thanks to Sammy's bravery, the gang was fully exposed, as well as the authorities that did little to help her. Her shocking account of how these events came to pass will enrage and sadden but, above all, it will offer hope and show why this must never happen again.