A rape victim allegedly abused by a gang of paedophiles as a schoolgirl claimed she was told her abuser could have access to the child he conceived with her – or she risked being arrested.
The woman, who has been called Alison to protect her identity, was just 14-years-old when she was allegedly targeted by a man embroiled in the Telford sex grooming ring.
She fell pregnant twice and was warned she could be arrested unless the alleged rapist was allowed access to see the child.
The woman, who has been called Alison to protect her identity, was just 14-years-old when she was targeted by a man embroiled in the Telford sex grooming ring (stock image)
The shocking revelation comes just days after Sammy Woodhouse told how Arshid Hussain, 43, raped her and conceived a child with her – only to be told he could be granted access to see the child.
The victim described the arrangement of 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.
She added: ‘It was just another way of trying to control me. 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.
The victim said described the arrangement of rapists being allowed access to children they fathered through their crimes was ‘an absolute disgrace’
‘They made me feel like I was the one in the wrong. I was terrified I’d go to jail.
‘The whole thing was extremely traumatic. It gave my child nightmares for years.
‘It seems like the rights of victims always come second to the rights of perpetrators. The system re-traumatises victims like me. It allows for further emotional abuse.’
Alison was targeted in the 1980s but claimed social services, police and a GP failed to listen to her.
The 48-year-old said she was asked to leave school as it was ‘setting a bad example’ to have a baby at 15. She told authorities her abuser was a Pakistani man aged 19 – but he continued to abuse her for another two years.
He did not take any responsibility for the child and was not on the birth certificate, but he continued to stalk, rape and beat her.
The shocking revelation comes just days after Sammy Woodhouse (pictured) told how Arshid Hussain, 43, raped her and conceived a child with her
Two years after giving birth she became pregnant again but had an abortion. She was unable to idenfity who the father was due to being abused by so many other abusers.
Aged 18, she was granted an injunction against him but she claimed he violated it on ‘an almost daily basis’. When she called police, they told her they could not intervene.
To this day, her abuser has not been convicted of rape or any sexual offences in connection to Alison.
He tried to meet with the child when the baby was aged three but his attempts eventually stopped when the youngster was seven.
West Mercia Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans said of Alison’s claims: ‘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.
Arshid Hussain was jailed for 35 years after being convicted of raping Ms Woodhouse and assaulting young girls. He was shot in the stomach in 2005 and now uses a wheelchair