Saira Khan: “I still feel like I am bringing shame on my family but it might stop just one other girl from being abused”
Sammy Woodhouse – who was groomed by a man when she was 14 – former Rochdale detective Maggie Oliver and Sunday Mirror columnist Saira join Loose Women’s Never Too Late To Tell campaign
They are three women from very different backgrounds, one a TV presenter, one a former detective, the other a Rotherham abuse victim but they are all united by one thing – a determination to share their stories of child sexual exploitation and help keep youngsters safe in future.
Sammy Woodhouse, 32, who was groomed by a man 10 years her senior at 14, speaks for all three women when she says: “Abuse can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from or what your background is.
The signs of grooming EVERY parent must know: Rochdale detective tells Saira Khan how new friends and locked bedroom doors can be red flags
- Maggie Oliver joined the Never too Late to Tell campaign in December
- She returned to Loose Women with abuse survivor Sammy Woodhouse
- They discussed the ways in which they wanted to tackle grooming
- The panel revealed the seven signs parents and other adults can look out for
- PROTECT stands for: peers, record evidence, open dialogue, technology, enlist help, changes and television
A victim of the Rochdale sex abuse scandal and former Detective Constable Maggie Oliver, who was instrumental in the investigation, have appeared on Loose Women to reveal the signs of child grooming every parent needs to know.
Panelist Saira Khan, who spearheads the show’s Never Too Late To Tell campaign to encourage victims of abuse to come forward was joined by Maggie and victim Sammy Woodhouse, to launch the next phase of the campaign.
During the show Saira, who is also an abuse survivor, Maggie, and Sammy, who waived her right to anonymity, explained that the signs form the acronym PROTECT, which stands for peers, recording evidence, open dialogue, technology, enlist help, changes and television.
Sammy said of how she was groomed: ‘It can be quite difficult at times because some of the [signs] are typical of a teenager.
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