By Sam Cooper | 25/08/2017
A SEX abuse survivor has called for an MP who shared a “hurtful” tweet saying child abuse victims “should keep their mouths shut” to resign.
Sammy Woodhouse, who was groomed as a teenager by abuser Arshid Hussain, spoke out after Naz Shah, Bradford West Labour MP, retweeted and liked a tweet from a parody account of newspaper columnist Owen Jones.
It said: “Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity.”
Ms Shah later deleted the retweet and unliked the post.
A spokesman in her office said it was a “genuine accident” and to suggest otherwise was “absolute nonsense,” but did not offer her apologies.
But Sammy (32), who waived her right to anonymity to campaign for other victims, said: “I am not buying that it was an accident.
“I think she has done it, realised she has got a backlash and then deleted it.
“Maybe she should shut her mouth because we (survivors) have done more for this country than she will ever do.
“We have spoken out and raised awareness and for people to say we should shut our mouths is ridculous.
“I am not going to let her bring me down but I think she should resign.
“She should at very least be making a public apology.
“The fact she hasn’t shows maybe it was a little bit more intentional than she is making out.”
The tweets come just a week after Ms Shah labelled Sarah Champion “irresponsible” after a controversial article in The Sun, in which Ms Champion wrote: “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.”
Ms Shah’s spokesman added: “Her record speaks for itself.
“Naz has been working for over 20 years on the issues of child abuse, violence against women and grooming, which is well documented.
“She has and will continue to advocate for all victims, and work towards eradicating this evil from society.”