'My life has been destroyed' by Rotherham abuse, says alleged victim

Some of the defendants in the Rotherham trial arrive at court

Some of the defendants in the Rotherham trial arrive at court

A woman who says she was repeatedly raped as a 13-year-old in Rotherham said her experiences as a child have 'destroyed' her life.

The woman, giving evidence for the third day at Sheffield Crown Court, said she or her parents had not made any financial gain from her speaking about her experiences.

The court has previously heard she first made allegations to police of being repeatedly raped and physically attacked as a 13-year-old girl in 2003 but no case proceeded. She spoke again to officers in 2013, leading to a new investigation.

She said: "This has destroyed my life. I would have gone on to university.

"It took away a part of me I will never get back. I have fought for 13 years."

Michelle Colborne QC, prosecuting, said defence barristers have suggested the woman had up allegations for money, including writing a book about her experiences. She asked the woman what the purpose of writing a book had been,

The woman said she had wanted to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.

She said: "I just wanted to help someone. Even if one person reads my book and it changed their life.

"I'm not and have been JK Rowling, I have never made money from this.

"I have helped lots of victims, it has turned their lives around. They have gone back into education."

Eight men are accused of sexual offences in Rotherham against three teenage girls between 1999 and 2003.

Sageer Hussain, 30, of Clough Road, Rotherham, denies four rapes and one indecent assault.

Mohammed Whied, 32, of Psalters Lane, Rotherham, denies one count of aiding and abetting rape.

Ishtiaq Khaliq, 33, of Carlisle Street, Rotherham, denies one rape and three indecent assaults.

Waleed Ali, 34, of Canklow Road, Rotherham, denies one rape and one indecent assault.

Asif Ali, 30, of Clough Road, Rotherham, denies one rape.

Masoued Malik, 32, of Bridgewater Way, Rotherham, denies one rape, one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment.

Basharat Hussain, 40, from Goole, denies one indecent assault.

Naeem Rafiq, 33, of Clarenden Road, Rotherham, denies one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment.

The case continues.

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