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Saturday, 12 January 2013

Savile Crimes: Giving Victims a Voice


The Metropolitan Police and NSPCC have just released a joint report, which gives an overview of predatory paedophile Jimmy Savile's sordid sexual exploits.

The forty page report, called Giving Victims a Voice, outlines sexual offences committed by the disgraced former Jim'll Fix It host between 1955 and 2009.

Alarmingly the report reveals that no less than six different police investigations took place into Savile's crimes, but none of them were able to bring him to justice. The Metropolitan Police received its first complaint against Savile in the early 1980s, when it was alleged that he had abused a young girl in his camper van parked at BBC Television Centre. By that time Savile had already committed literally hundreds of sexual offences. Had the Met grasped the nettle more firmly at the time the 20 or 30 subsequent offences may never have been committed.

Savile's last offence took place in 2009, when he put his hand up a woman's skirt on the train between Leeds and London Kings Cross.

Following the Daily Mail's lead, here is some more information about Savile's crimes in numbers:
  • 8: The age of Savile's youngest victim, who happened to be male.
  • 14: The number of offences Savile committed in schools.
  • 22: The number of offences Savile committed at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
  • 23: The number of offences Savile committed on BBC premises, predominantly Television Centre.
  • 34: The number of rapes committed by Savile.
  • 42: The number of Savile's offences that took place in the Metropolitan Police area.
  • 47: The age of Savile's oldest victim, who happened to be female.
  • 73%: Of Savile's victims were under the age of 18.
  • 82%: Of Savile's victims were female.
  • 128: The number of indecent assaults committed by Savile.
The report has also revealed that Savile abused a dying child in a Leeds hospice.

The Metropolitan Police's Commander Peter Spindler said that Savile used his celebrity status to "hide in plain sight" while abusing children over six decades.

Dozens of Savile victims are now taking legal proceedings against the institutions he was associated with, including the BBC and NHS.

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