From abuse survivor to Outstanding Citizen
A man who was sexually abused as a
child and now works to prevent other young people
experiencing similar trauma has been shortlisted for a prestigious
Adam Shaikh from Smethwick was abused by a distant relative aged
eight. Now, twelve years on, he has so far advised hundreds of
parents in his local area how to keep their children safe.
(Pic: Adam Sheikh)
The PCC, David Jamieson, has shortlisted Adam for the
Outstanding Citizen Award.
The abuse Adam suffered as a child set him on a downward
trajectory and it wasn't long before he was involved with street
But aged 16 he made the decision to turn his life around and use
his energy as a force for good.
Now, far from being involved in criminality, Adam helps children
stay out of harm's way. In just one year he has reached out to more
than 300 parents and advised them what they can do to keep their
children safe online.
His speeches to parents include his own personal story as well
as advice on installing internet filters on their home broadband to
help protect youngsters from online grooming and adult content.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson,
said: "Adam is an inspiration to us all.
"What he went through at such a young age nobody should be
forced to endure. To some degree, it is understandable that after
experiencing that level of abuse he began to make some bad life
"But to see him reverse those decisions, turn his life around
and actually dedicate his time to advising and helping others is
remarkable and uplifting.
"He is an example to us all. I can't thank him enough."
Commenting on his shortlisting for the Outstanding Citizens
Award, Adam said: "When I was told I had been shortlisted, I was
"To receive this recognition is amazing because it motivates me
to keep going. It is proof my work is being heard.
"However, the most important thing is that I use this award as a
platform and a greater opportunity to help others. It's vital we
get the message out to young people and their parents that nobody
should have to suffer in silence and stay a victim forever.
"Abuse thrives in secrecy. Nobody will know what has happened
until you make your story heard. Justice is what you deserve.
You're a survivor."
When Adam finishes his degree at the University of Birmingham he
intends to continue helping young people by keeping them safe. He
also plans on continuing with his music career, which he found to
be his crutch during bad times in the past. He hopes his music can
act as an inspiration for other young people.
The Outstanding Citizens Awards take place on 5th