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Sammy Woodhouse

Sammy Woodhouse is a best-selling author, international speaker, television presenter, and a multi-award-winning activist. After being abused as a child, Sammy exposed the Rotherham sexual exploitation scandal and has since emerged as a beacon of resilience and a voice of advocacy for other victims of exploitation.


About Sammy Woodhouse

As a young girl of just 14, Sammy faced criminal and sexual exploitation at the hands of child grooming gang leader, Arshid Hussain. Her life took a pivotal turn at the age of 15 when she became a mother under unimaginably challenging circumstances.

Despite these early life trials and subsequent battles with mental health, Sammy channelled her experiences into positive action. In a defining move in July 2013, she bravely stepped forward to share her evidence with The Times’ Andrew Norfolk. Her revelations led to the Alexis Jay report and the commencement of major police investigations, uncovering systemic failures and bringing to justice those who wronged Sammy and many others.

Sammy Woodhouse’s bestseller “Just A Child” encapsulates her powerful story and her relentless struggle for justice, earning her a place as a Sunday Times best-selling author. She continues her mission through her Community Interest Company, advocating for exploited children, and has spearheaded ground-breaking legislative reforms known as ‘Sammy’s Law’.

A passionate campaigner, Sammy’s work led to landmark changes in the legal system in 2023, particularly in protecting the rights of mothers and children born from sexual violence.

Most recently, Sammy presented the ground-breaking BBC documentary ‘Out of the Shadows: Born from rape’, a project that took her across the UK and to Rwanda, shedding light on the poignant stories of those born from rape and violence.

Her extensive experience and direct approach make Sammy the perfect speaker for many audiences, including law enforcement, social services, healthcare professionals, educational institutions, and corporate entities. She provides key insights into preventing and addressing grooming and exploitation.

Sammy Woodhouse is a storyteller whose narratives of grooming, exploitation, and the pursuit of justice resonate with authenticity and an unyielding desire for change. Her talks are educational and engaging with an honesty that prompts reflection, dialogue, and action.

Invite Sammy Woodhouse to your next event for a deeply moving and informative session that promises to leave a lasting impact on every attendee, paving the way for a more informed, compassionate, and proactive approach to combating exploitation in all its forms.

To book Sammy Woodhouse, contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email

Speech Topics

Sammy’ talks include, but are not limited to:

Sammy explains just how dangerous the grooming process can be as she describes in detail how her perpetrator manipulated her without her even knowing.

Sexual Exploitation
Sammy’s sexual exploitation was what is described as the ‘boyfriend’ model. Sammy will take you on a journey with her as she describes her trauma bond with the perpetrator, in which she formed a deep connection to him which has affected her to this very day.

Criminal Exploitation
A perfect way to prevent her from reporting. Sammy speaks of the crimes she committed whilst exploited which includes the armed robbery she was taken on for her 15th birthday.

Negligence and Corruption
With no professional ever held to account, Sammy speaks how she has faced professionals and the system that failed her.

Domestic Violence
Sammy, as many, fell victim to domestic violence. She speaks of how her perpetrator forced her into a religion and the harms she faced through his radical views.

Family Courts
After Rotherham Council invited her perpetrator into her son’s life, Sammy speaks of her battle to change the law.

Criminal Courts
“The court case took a piece of my soul” Sammy’s story opened the criminal investigation into Sammy’s abuse and into all non-recent child abuse cases in South Yorkshire. You can hear her battle for justice first hand as her perpetrator is finally found guilty.

Mental Health
Sammy has tried to commit suicide frequently throughout her life. She speaks how she overcomes her periods of poor mental health.

Mothers and Children born from rape

At just 15 years old Sammy gave birth to her son. She speaks of their difficulties and the importance of her ground-breaking documentary, policy and law changes.


Each speech topic is delivered with Sammy’s signature candour.

Sammy Woodhouse stands as a testament to the power of speaking out and the profound difference one individual’s voice can make in transforming society.


Here you can find links to books by Sammy Woodhouse. For bulk book orders for your event please speak with a member of the team.

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