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Just a Child

Narrated by: Katy Sobey
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The Sunday Times best seller.

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.

©2018 Sammy Woodhouse (P)2018 Bonnier Publishing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-2019

Heartbreaking story

I didn't understand grooming until I listened to this story. You can hardly believe the scale of this situation - the number of people affected over such an insane period of time! Surely, the more people who have a real understanding of grooming, the better armed we are to protect our children moving forward. Thank you for sharing your story Sammy.

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  • Naomi
  • 28-07-2018

Very Revealing.

This is a fine example of how important it is to share past experiences. This is truly a harrowing account of abuse and is, im sure a vital tool in the extremely important process of empowering survivors of abuse. Great listen.

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  • Amanda Kelly
  • 11-07-2018

outstanding bravery by this woman.

I down loaded audible yesterday and received this (book) for free although I'd have been happy to pay for it . Honestly shocked and saddened by Sammy woodhouse's true life story 😭💔. It is so very sad and at the same time puts in to perspective real life of this day and age in the UK!!!!! Through her strength and sheer bravery. Child exploitation, grooming, rape, abuse, paedophile rings, the list goes on. Today she has helped 1000's come forward. Anyone who stands upto this I take my hat off to you it's a really brave thing to do as a survivor to help yourselves and stop it happening to others. A police, council and social services cover up for years. She met with the education board and asked that children be mandatory taught in school about grooming etc.... This takes effect this year because of her. She has asked that all taxi companies be fitted with cctv with audio systems as well as hotels, limousine's, take away shops and other various licenced premis. She is currently campaigning for "sammys law" where children who committed certain crimes while being groomed won't be convicted. Cleared of any conviction whilst commited under the instructions of their abuser. Hopefully more people come forward. Unbelievably she revived a letter last year from criminal injuries stating they blamed her for being abused!! She's fought back and started a campaign against them also so that victims don't get blamed and are compensated accordingly and that their staff get the proper training. Criminal injuries have now changed some of their policies because of this. Rotherham authorities are a fucking disgrace and decided no individual would be punished for continuously failing but that it was simply "just a cock up" which again she is campaigning against for survivors where professional's are punished for their shit reporting and to be made compulsory. The work this woman has and is still doing to train police, social workers is outstanding. It's really opened my eyes to how the country is changing. Out of the 54 girls that came forward out of approximately 1400 cases she got the biggest ever case brought to court in the UK at the time (This being only a year back). For her case alone of 5 charges this monster received 35 years in prison. Between the 5 of them up to court they got over 100 years. It's never enough in my eyes. A child is a child, this started when she was just 13 years old and she was pregnant twice by him and giving birth to her son at 14 or 15 years old while he was around 26 years old!. It is a heartbreaking story to listen to but I have listened to all 8 hours now. It is unbelievable how a child's mind can see things so differently that she though he was her boyfriend, they were in love, authorities knew they were in a sexual relationship and did nothing to help her parents. It took her years to see what he had done and to come forward. Hopefully she can help many more people come forward. It has really made me realise how naive I am. I am now going to follow and support her campaigning and hope that all of the laws she seeks come in to practice. Love and the best of happiness to you and your family moving forward I'm so touched by your story. Xxxx #sammyslaw

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  • Marie phillips
  • 21-07-2018

absolutely outstanding story truly worth listening

well worth listening to truly amazing author inspirational in every way hope it encourages others

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  • Rachel
  • 13-01-2019

Terrifying and informative.

I already knew about the Rotherham grooming gangs and thought that there wasn’t anything else I could really hear that would shock me, I was so wrong. I nearly cried at times during this brave survivors story, she went through so much and is now such a role model, contributing positively to the community and working to put a stop to grooming. I highly recommended this, whether you want more information on the events, if you know nothing about what happened in Rotherham, or if you just want to hear from someone who has survived these awful rapists. Please listen to her story, it’s a vitally important one in today’s world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-2018

informative read

informative read - highlights how abuse/grooming in relationships unfolds - and how Sammy with her inner strength is turning her horrific ordeal into helping others . her mum would be proud of her .

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  • Sarah Davison-Carry
  • 18-07-2018

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this is by far one of the best books I have listened to. we all know what's said in the news etc but no one ever says what it's like to be a survivor. Always look forward don't let your past rob you of a future

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  • Little Red
  • 30-10-2019

Amazing Book!!

Anyone that's has young children I urge you to read this book beautifully written and spoken.
The story of Sammy wooodhouses account of this absolutely disgusting abuse of young girls by several men in Rotherham South Yorkshire. every page takes you on a journey oh the horrific events & teaches you how easily young children can be groomed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-2018

loved it

such a brave story and great justice. narrated brilliantly and I will 100% recommend to friends and family

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  • April
  • 16-07-2018

Just a child

It’s a read good book and sad cannot believe this is going everywhere I try to keep my children of computer and tell them everyday that they is lots of bad people out then. Your story help me a bit too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-2018

The most fantastic book I have ever read

I think ever one should read this book this lady is amazing and should be give all the help to carry on her fantastic work she has done and is going on to do thank god for people like her to stand up and help people like me think there is hope so thank u

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  • Jane bridges
  • 01-07-2018

Bravery

This lady deserves a medal.
Fancy having to go through this torture in the U.K.? How can we be actively be doing this to our children?
If it weren’t for this lady and the likes of Tommy Robinson, we simply would not know anything about this type of abuse. Illegal activity ran right through the perpetrators life and family life, and he wasn’t stopped in any of that.
Thank goodness for Sammy and her strength. And for her father and his ability to document the facts. And the strength of her sister when she really needed it. Xx

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