(LONDON, ENGLAND) – The NSPCC and Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have today released a report that looks into the allegations of sexual abuse made against Jimmy Savile under Operation Yewtree.
Following the documentary ‘Exposure: The Other Side to Jimmy Savile’ shown on ITV in early October 2012, there has been a growing number of allegations made against the former television presenter and others.
Anyone who had suffered from abuse was encouraged to call the NSPCC to seek help, resulting in a huge number of allegations against Jimmy Savile over the following months.
As Jimmy Savile died in late 2011, criminal prosecutions cannot be brought against him, nor can the testimony of his victims be challenged in the courts. Given the lack of potential justice for the victims, the report is being published in the public domain.
Approximately 600 people have come forward since the beginning of Operation Yewtree to provide information, with about 450 cases referring to Jimmy Savile.
Most of the offences were opportunistic sexual assaults, but there were other cases where grooming or planning occurred. Within the recorded crimes there are 126 indecent acts and 34 rape or penetration offences.
Peter Watt, NSPCC director of child protection advice and awareness, said, "The sheer scale of Savile’s abuse over six decades simply beggars belief. He is without doubt one of the most prolific sex offenders we have ever come across and every number represents a victim that will never get justice now he is dead. But with this report we can at least show his victims that they have been taken seriously and their suffering has been recognised.”
He continued, "We also know from the huge increase in calls to the NSPCC helpline about sexual abuse that the problem did not die with Savile. Since the Savile scandal broke we have seen a surge in contacts about child abuse, both past and present, with many victims speaking out for the first time. Almost 800 additional children have been protected from abuse because the publicity around this case prompted people to contact our helpline. We are optimistic that this signals a watershed moment for child protection in this country. We must seize the opportunity if we are to make a lasting change."