BBC appalled by Savile abuse police probe report

The Jimmy Savile sex abuse case just continues to get worse, turning into the BBC's own Penn State scandal.

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Today, London's Metropolitan Police issued a 30 page report, entitled "Giving Victims a Voice," which painted a deplorable picture of Savile and the BBC, his longtime employer. In total, the number of victims totals 450, mostly sexual abuse cases with children between 13 and 16 years old. So far, 214 crimes have officially been reported, including 34 of rape and 33 taking place on BBC premises.

"It is now clear that Savile was hiding in plain sight and using his celebrity status and fundraising activity to gain uncontrolled access to vulnerable people across six decades," the report said. "For a variety of reasons the vast majority of his victims did not feel they could speak out, and it’s apparent that some of the small number who did had their accounts dismissed by those in authority."

The BBC immediately issued a statement after the publication of the scathing report: "As we have made clear, the BBC is appalled that some of the offenses were committed on its premises. We would like to restate our sincere apology to the victims of these crimes... We have also set up the Dame Janet Smith Review to help us understand how these crimes could have been committed and how we can avoid them happening ever again."

The scandal has already led to the ouster of BBC director general George Entwistle, who resigned just 54 days after taking the job when the allegations rocked the BBC to its foundation.

Savile died in October 2011 at age 84, a year before the abuse allegations emerged.

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Written by: kyleiam
Jan 11th, 2013, 9:38 am


Message Posted On Jan 11th, 2013, 2:03 pm
Instead of having the outrage from this incident dissipate through useless moralizing, I would venture to point to the systemic nature of abuse (any kind), be it hidden, or covered-up, or right out there for all to see. The Vatican, for example, are known to have empowered, colluded in, and were found to have been not merely complacent, but outright complicit, with child sex abuse involving countless priests. I, for one, do not at all find it surprising that there are secular expressions of this particularly despicable form of abuse - one whose victims are children (yes, even among those not sworn to celibacy), where the powerful are free to act with such impunity, as they do otherwise, everywhere. *** Because, lest we ever forget that this is, is a planet that is owned by -and run according to the whims of- a tiny minority of the population, one whose corruption is as limitless as their wealth. *** From the age of the ancients, to the age of kings, to the age of industry and beyond, these monsters, these arch-beasts at the very top have themselves been conditioned (very often, from the moment of birth) to view all other human beings as worth less than ants. *** Sometimes we get glimpses into the various ways in which such horrific toxicity, ultimately, ends up manifesting itself - although the media that they own (or in the case of the BBC, indirectly control), remains very strongly bound to their murderous, Murdoching will. *** The danger is, however, to view unfathomably brutal incidents such as this, as merely anomalous, to presume these are disconnected from the myriad of other forms of abuse like it (for example, the Catholic Church's tradition of child abuse, etc.) - but even more so, failing to have the courage to generalize beyond that (type), to challenge the very system that goes on to treat sentient beings (and semi-sentient ones, and the ecosystems and nature which they inhabit) as mere commodities. Disposable commodities whose prime purpose is geared towards limitless egotistic greed and an endless accumulation which can never be filled. Only generate new and unbelievable forms of abuse, on a mass scale. *** Human beings were not meant to live this way. And as much as we 5-10 percent of the developed World have it that much better than the remaining 90 percent of the planet, deep down we, too, know it to be true. With all the diversions and stupefying distractions thrown our way, we still feel that longing, of being in harmony with one another, with nature, with our true nature.

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Message Posted On Jan 11th, 2013, 1:27 pm

As the eldest daughter of one of the Director's of Jim'll Fix It (Peter Campbell), I have many thoughts, but I am unable to find the right words just right now...other than today was about "Giving Victims a Voice".

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