|(BBC sex abuse scandal) Pervert presenter raped 28 children; one abused child died
like a star at state-funded broadcaster BBC, raped 28 children, a report said today.
The latest report comes as the BBC has been condemned worldwide for its shoddy journalism and for humiliating innocents. One UK politician decried the broadcaster for its “cretinous’’ journalism. Another former politician sued the Beeb and won substantial damages after being named as a pedophile in a news program. The Beeb is also investigating sex abuse among currently serving journalists.
Predator and pedophile Jimmy Savile, who was knighted and also described as a “national treasure,’’ raped 34 people, including 28 children, accoding to the report Giving Victims a Voice, released today by the UK’s Metropolitan police and children’s charity NSPCC into abuse by Savile.
The presenter was known for his garish apparel and often flashed his hairy chest in public.
Peter Watt, director of child protection advice and awareness at the NSPCC, said Savile was one of the most prolific sex offenders it has dealt with in its 129-year history, the Guardian reports.
He used every opportunity and every institution he had access to because of his fame to target young people, the Guardian reports. The police report reveals Savile abused children at the BBC between 1959 and 2006 – his last offence took place at Top of the Pops in 2006 when he sexually assaulted a teenage girl on the show.
Fifty seven of the allegations took place in 14 hospitals and a hospice in the UK. At Great Ormond street the child Savile abused died, but someone who witnessed what happened came forward, the Guardian reports.
He assaulted 16 victims at Leeds General Infirmary, 22 at Great Ormond Street and he assaulted someone who was visiting a dying child at the Sue Ryder Wheatfield hospice in Leeds.
Savile also assaulted children and young girls 33 times in TV and radio studios and there were 14 assaults in schools. Savile was invited into the schools – which have not been named – by children who wanted to appear on Jim'll fix it, police said.
Peter Spinder, spokesman of Scotland Yard, said of his offending: “He groomed the nation.’’
The youngest of Savile's victims was an eight year old boy who he touched sexually and his last victim was a 46 year old woman who was assaulted in 2009.
Detective supertendent David Gray who led the inquiry said: “He has spent every minute of every working day thinking about this. Whenever an opportunity came along he took it. He picked on vulnerable victims and he was clever enough to choose people who he knew would not speak out."Gray said he expected the number of crimes recorded to rise above 214, the Guardian reports.
Also today, Britain's chief prosecutor, Keir Starmer QC, admitted that police and the Crown Prosecution Service were likely to have mistakenly dropped many sexual assault complaints against Savile because the victims were treated with a “egree of caution which is not generally justified.’’