Sammy Woodhouse: I endured sexual abuse, now I fight to protect others

AS one of the survivors of the Rotherham sexual exploitation scandal in which at least 1,400 children were abused between 1997 and 2013, I have, in the past few years, seen my home town and the country as a whole come a long way to tackle some of the factors that contributed to what happened.

But we are still not doing enough to prevent other young people becoming victims of grooming gangs who befriend their young targets before trapping them in a cycle of abuse and misery.

I hope today’s centenary of the Representation of People Act can focus on this issue. In 2013, the story of the abuse that happened to me when I was just 14 years old was told in The Times newspaper and contributed to Rotherham Council ordering the independent inquiry which finally revealed the shocking extent of exploitation offences in the town.

Read more at: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/sammy-woodhouse-i-endured-sexual-abuse-now-i-fight-to-protect-others-1-9002394

1 thought on “Sammy Woodhouse: I endured sexual abuse, now I fight to protect others

  1. This is why every member of staff who was employed pre-Jay who remains ’employed’ by RMBC should be marched out of Riverside, fired, their pension taken from them and publicly shamed.
    Not fit for purpose, never fit for purpose.

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