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Gang rape victim ‘told to let rapist see her child or face arrest’

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Victim of sexual abuse forced to let her abuser see her child or face arrest’

Sammy Woodhouse, a survivor of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, has called for a law change after her rapist and the father of her child, Arshid Hussain, was invited to play a role in her son’s life

A rape victim who gave birth at 15 claims she was told she must let her rapist have access to her child or she faced being arrested.

The woman – whose name has been changed to Alison to protect her identity – was targeted by paedophiles belonging to the Telford grooming gang when she was 14.

She fell pregnant twice as a teenager and said, she was forced by social services to take her baby to a contact centre and sit opposite her attacker as he met the child he had fathered.

Last week, Rotherham sex gang victim Sammy Woodhouse revealed how her rapist Ashid Hussain was offered the chance to be in her son’s life and has called for a law change as a result. She was raped and abused by Hussain, 43, from the age of 14 when he groomed her at a corner shop.

Alison said rapists being allowed access to children they fathered through their crimes was ‘an absolute disgrace’. She said the abuser used ‘the thing I love most in the world’ as a way of manipulating her after the grooming gang targeted up to 1,000 girls. ‘It was just another way of trying to control me,’ she said.

‘Despite the fact I’d repeatedly tried to tell police and social services what was going on, the court allowed him to see my child. ‘I was told I would be held in contempt and arrested if I didn’t take him to the contact centre.’

Arshid Hussain was found guilty of a range of offences involving the sexual exploitation of teenage girls in Rotherham

She said she was ‘terrified’ she would go to jail if she didn’t follow the rules but being forced to see her attacker and let him into her child’s life had added to the trauma of her abuse.

‘It seems like the rights of victims always come second to the rights of perpetrators,’ she said.

‘The system re-traumatises victims like me. It allows for further emotional abuse.’ Alison, now 48, was targeted in the 1980s and says social services, police and a GP failed to listen to her.

She was also asked to leave school as it was ‘setting a bad example’ to have a baby at 15. she told the paper.

She got pregnant two years after first giving birth at 15 but had an abortion. At that time she said she had no idea who the father was because she was being abused by so many men.

To this day, her abuser has not been convicted of rape or sexual offences in connection to Alison. Instead he was jailed for money laundering, she said.

West Mercia Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans said: ‘The case has understandably had a significant and long-lasting impact on the lady involved and her family.

We do not underestimate that impact. ‘Knowledge and understanding of child sexual exploitation has moved on a long way.

‘I offer my reassurance to any victims who report child sexual abuse, whether it happened recently or some time ago, that they will be dealt with by our dedicated team with respect and dignity.’ Shropshire Council, in charge of Telford social services at the time, did not comment.

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