"I wanted to scream but I was too afraid."
A woman has bravely opened up about her sex abuse ordeal at the hands of her stepfather’s cousin and a tenant in her own home when she was six-years-old.
Sumayya Miah, now aged 23, of Luton, was just a girl when her stepfather invited his cousin Jahkir Hussain to live with her family. He began raping her months later when her parents went out.
In 2005, the family rented out their spare bedroom to Emdadul Lukman who went on to sexually abuse the child also.
Both men were jailed for a total of 36 years in February 2020.
Sumayya has now waived her right to anonymity to reveal her horrific ordeal.
She said: “I was just an innocent, little girl when I was abused by not one, but two monsters.
“Even though they have scarred me mentally forever, I’m glad I finally got justice.”
As a child, Sumayya lived with her mother and stepfather Raza Miah. In 2004, he invited his cousin from Bangladesh to live with the family.
Sumayya explained: “Jakhir needed a place to stay.
“After he moved in, we played board games, coloured and watched films every day.
“As I was an only child, I was happy to have the company. He even brought me sweets every time he came home.”
However, two months later, Hussain called Sumayya into his bedroom to play a board game.
“Mum was at work, while my stepdad was downstairs reading.
“As I went to pick up the dice, Jakhir began to kiss me.
“I wanted to push him away, but I didn’t have the strength. He removed his clothes and said nobody would find out.
“Then, he raped me. I wanted to scream but I was too afraid.
“Afterwards, he told me not to worry because next time it wouldn’t hurt as much. I was confused and in agony.”
The next week, Hussain appeared at Sumayya’s bedroom door with sweets before raping her again.
“I asked where my parents were and he told me they weren’t home.
“Moments later, he raped me again. But this time, I cried for him to stop. Jakhir slapped me in the face and told me to shut up.
“He threatened to rape Mum if I told anyone. I was petrified.”
From then on, Hussain continued his sex abuse campaign whenever he had the chance.
In July 2005, Sumayya’s parents needed some extra money so they rented out their spare bedroom to Emdadul Lukman.
Sumayya recalled: “Emdadul smiled at me at the door, I thought he was nice.
“But a week later, while everyone was out, Emdadul invited me into his bedroom.
“He asked me about my favourite shows and colours. Then, out of nowhere, he kissed me. I couldn’t believe it was happening again.
“Emdadul pulled my clothes off and forced himself on me, just like Jakhir did. Afterwards, I couldn’t stop sobbing.”
Both men continued to sexually abuse Sumayya but neither of them knew that the other one was doing it.
“The next year, while Emdadul was abusing me, I blurted out ‘Jakhir does this to me too’.
“But he just shrugged his shoulders and continued. I soon told Jakhir the same and he didn’t care either. My life was hell.”
In February 2006, Lukman moved out but Hussain continued to abuse Sumayya until she was eight.
“By this point, the damage was done. I became severely depressed and began to self-harm while growing up.”
In April 2015 when Sumayya was 17, she got married, however, her self-harm worsened.
She told The Sun: “In time, we fell in love, but the abuse haunted me and my depression got worse.
“One day, I stabbed myself in the stomach while my husband was at work.
“Thankfully I survived. But my husband and Mum begged me to tell them why I did it.
“Finally, I told them everything Jakhir and Emdadul did to me. They were heartbroken.”
Sumayya’s husband convinced her to report the sex abuse to the police. Shortly after, both men were tracked down and arrested.
In February 2020, Hussain was convicted of three counts of rape of a girl under the age of 13 and three counts of causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
Lukman was found guilty of six counts of rape of a girl under the age of 13 and two counts of causing or inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.
Hussain was jailed for 20 years and Lukman was jailed for 16 years.
Sumayya added: “After keeping my secret for 14 years, I can finally move forward with my life.
“In my culture, sexual abuse is swept under the carpet and often silenced.
“If this has happened to you, please speak out and seek help. You deserve justice too.”