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Publication of Jimmy Savile report confirms decades of abuse allegations

Hundreds of offences reported to have taken place at hospitals and a hospice

14 January 2013

The publication of the report into the allegations of abuse, assault and rape by the late Jimmy Savile has been published by the NSPCC and the police called Giving victims a voice.   The report notes that over 200 crimes were formally recorded across 28 police forces.

The Metropolitan Police said the victims' accounts painted a "compelling picture of widespread sexual abuse by a predatory sex offender", and Cdr Peter Spindler, who is leading the investigation, said Savile had "groomed the nation".  The Crown Prosecution Service has since apologised to victims of abuse for failing to prosecute Savile when he was still alive.

The initial revelations that Savile had sexually abused children prompted a rush of reports from hundreds of victims who reported attacks in hospitals including at Great Ormond Street, Leeds General Infirmary and at Stoke Mandeville Hospital; on BBC premises, and at Broadmoor psychiatric hospital. 

The investigation into the widespread reports of abuse, Operation Yewtree, saw the Metropolitan Police Service working with National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) produce a report that has been released into the public domain in an attempt to give the people abused by Savile a voice and offer some comfort that their stories are believed.  Since Operation Yewtree began the number of reports of historic sexual abuse has risen sharply and abuse claims lawyers, including Leigh Day’s Emma Jones welcome the fact that the testimony of abused people is now more likely to be taken seriously and believed, and that reports of similar offences will no longer be repressed because of the status of the perpetrator.

It is likely that some victims of abuse will pursue claims for compensation against the estate of Savile, reported to be worth £4.3m, or organisations such as hospitals and the BBC, on the basis that they were responsible for the premises on where abuse occurred.

The abuse team at Leigh Day has unrivalled experience in acting for victims of abuse for over 20 years.  Recently, we successfully represented over 100 victims of abuse at Stafford Hospital, where the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was forced to pay compensation of over £1m after the ‘inhumane and degrading’ treatment victims suffered at the hospital. The firm has extensive experience of representing people who have suffered abuse and whose human rights have been breached by health staff, care staff, sports coaches, by social workers and nurses. 

To speak to one our abuse claims team please contact Emma Jones on 020 7650 1374 for a free and confidential consultation.

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