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Just a Child

Narrated by: Katy Sobey
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

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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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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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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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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loved it

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

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Speechless

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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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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Overrated

I am disappointed with this book , I have read far better .
This book lacked meaning to me .
It seemed a lot of the same all the way through, and yes she was groomed but she thought it was love , grooming to me is nasty and nobody could get confused if grooming is happening

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The story was really well told.

It made me think about my own teen years and how my teachers failed me. too many teenagers go through crap like this.

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Worthy listen.

Heart wrenching story that has you gripped from start to finish. Very well put across.

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A book everyone should read

Sammy Woodhouse was like every 14 year old girl, just finding her place in the world. She could have been me, or you. I hope this book will go some way to ending the culture of victim blaming.

The book sticks to the facts, and offers insight into the child mind, that it is natural to feel flattered by male attention even though a child can not possibly begin to understand the perpetrators motives.

I recommend every young teenage girl to read this book, and their parents. Boys should also be aware, as Sammy says in her book, boys are also vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

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  • Naomi
  • 28-07-18

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.