A victim of the notorious Rotherham grooming gang has publicly slammed the decision to allow her rapist parental access to her son born as a result of his abuse.
Sammy Woodhouse was “extremely distressed” to learn that Arshid Hussain would be granted the chance to be part of her child’s life.
The Times reported on the case yesterday, without revealing the identity of the people concerned.
But Sammy has bravely waived her anonymity to post a video on YouTube, identifying herself as the victim and expressing her horror.
“This story is actually about myself, about my son and about the man that raped me and the fact that Rotherham Council have offered him to apply for parental rights over my child even though proven in a court of law – he was sentenced to 35 years – that he was a danger to myself and other children,” she says.
“I’ve also been able to prove that he’s a direct harm towards my son.
“This is happening all over the country and it needs to stop. Children are being given to rapists and murderers for their families to have access.
“Rape victims are having to go to support centres to share access to see the men that raped them.
“Myself and MP Louise Haigh are calling on government to change a law, the 1989 children act, to ensure rapists can’t gain access to children conceived through rape and abuse and I’m asking the public to join the campaign.
“People, women and children are being put at direct risk.”
Hussain was the ringleader of the child grooming gang which rocked Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said after the story broke: “This is obviously a very distressing incident and the relevant departments and local authority will work urgently to understand and address the failings in this case.
“Local authorities can apply to courts to request permission not to notify parents without parental responsibility about care proceedings, and courts should consider the potential harm to the child and mother when making this decision.”
A Rotherham Council spokesman said: “Councils are not allowed to disclose information relating to proceedings heard in private in the Family Court.”
Sammy has previously appeared on Loose Women to discuss her plight’ she now works as a campaigner to raise awareness of the dangers to our children.
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