Rotherham child sex abuse survivor Sammy Woodhouse bravely speaks of 'monster' gang ringleader who groomed her from 14

A ROTHERHAM child sex abuse survivor has told how a "monster" gang ringleader groomed her from the age of 14.

Sammy Woodhouse, now 35, was subjected to horrendous sexual abuse by Arshid 'Ash' Hussain and fell pregnant with his child aged 15.

Speaking about her experience on Crime + Investigation programme Survivors, Sammy said he treated her like a "dead body on a slab in a morgue".

She told how she was "completely out of her depth" as a teenager and had no idea how "dangerous" Hussain would be, MailOnline reports.

Sammy was the victim of rape, assaults and coercion, with Hussain threatening to kill her family.

And in 1999, at the age of 15, she fell pregnant with the 25-year-old's baby.

On the programme, which airs next month, Sammy said: "I was pretty much his sex doll. He was an absolute monster.

"I just felt like a dead body on a slab in a morgue."

Hussain was part of a paedophile gang, who along with many others groups in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, abused more than 1,000 children between 1997 and 2013.

Sammy said she grew up in the area and "was your average, everyday little girl I suppose".

She enjoyed dancing and took part in competitions across the country, but when her school grades took a tumble her parents pulled her from her team.

Sammy said: "I started to develop a little bit of a lip, so my parents thought by doing that as a punishment would be the best thing. 

"I think for me when I stopped dancing it had a massive effect, it was something I focused my whole life around. So for that to be stopped and taken away, it did affect things."

It was during her time away from dancing that Sammy spent time drinking and smoking with friends in the park – which her dad "hated".

She said: "He always said if you go out you are not allowed to be in that area. 

"It was known for people going out smoking cannabis, drinking, and my dad didn’t want me involved in that.

"My life had gone from being a dancer to going up to the park with a packet of fags and litre of White Lightning with my mates."

Sammy first met Hussain through a friend and quickly became infatuated with him as he groomed her.

She said: "I will never forget the first moment I saw him. He was good looking, he was well dressed, he had a big gold chain on. I was just instantly mesmerised by him."

She added: "I just thought, 'Wow who's he?' He made me feel like an adult and I remember as a kid I always wanted to be an adult, I always wanted to be further on in my years than I was and he made me feel that way."

"Things escalated really quickly" and the schoolgirl started seeing Hussain nearly every day and they soon began a sexual relationship.

After a month they were having sex daily. She fell pregnant twice, the first time she had an abortion but aged 15 she gave birth to a baby boy named James.

Hussain also persuaded Sammy to break the law – including taking part in an armed post office robbery, she claims.

She said: "I had a curfew and I was constantly breaking curfew and that’s how my parents started to suspect things, because I was being late and sometimes not even coming home at all."

Her parents grounded her when they found out about her relationship with Hussain, which isolated her from her family.

"What he did was actual very clever," she said.

"He worked out the dynamics in my family, he knew my dad was more strict and my mum was more of a best friend. 

"So what he did was he started to turn me more against my dad rather than my mum. 

"So he would say 'actually your dad doesn’t like me, but your mum likes me, but she’ll never admit it because she’s scared of your dad'."

She went on: "I started to go missing quite a lot, not just for days but for months and weeks at a time."

Sammy said despite Hussain being a drug dealer feared in her local area, she didn't think about the consequences, "just went with the flow".

She added: "I was completely out of my depth. I didn’t recognise it was dangerous and wrong I thought I’m a teenager having a bit of fun, how bad can things get?"


You don't have to suffer in silence.

If you are experiencing domestic violence or someone you know is there are groups that can help.

Refuge runs a free, 24-hour helpline on 0808 2000 247.

You can also visit the website or contact Women’s Aid.

Sammy escaped her abuser when he was sent to prison in 2001 for a violent offence.

But she was instrumental in exposing the paedophile gang years later.

She was 16 when she first went to the police to tell them about Hussain but her claims fell on deaf ears.

It was only in 2012 that she plucked up the courage to talk to the Jay Inquiry.

In February 2016, following a high profile court case into the Rotherham sex scandal, Arshid Hussain, 41, was jailed for 35 years for 23 offences, which included rape and indecent assault.

Among his nine victims was an 11-year-old girl.

His brothers Basharat and Bannaras were also put behind bars for offences including rape and indecent assault.

Survivors with Denise Welch premieres on CRIME+INVESTIGATION, with the first episode airing on April 19 at 9pm.

If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 116123.

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