On the one sided evidence reported to the public thus far, there’s no doubt whatsoever that Jimmy Savile was an evil, perverted sexual predator and paedophile.
At the time of writing the media have reported that their have been 60 specific allegations of sexual abuse. The Police are following 340 lines of enquiry.
Quite rightly many public bodies – the BBC, various hospitals such as Broadmoor Hospital, the Prison service and the Police have serious questions to face via the multiple inquiries being announced.
Notwithstanding all this, I do feel that some of the victims have to accept a degree of blame for the harrowing stories we’ve been hearing about over the past fortnight since the Jimmy Savile scandal broke in September 2012.
Firstly, more of them should and might have done more to speak out at the time or at a later point. To the BBC or the authorities at whatever institution they suffered abuse at. Most of the victims were not 5 or 6 year olds, but teenagers, so its difficult to believe that all of them were unable to speak out and try to prevent repeated abuse to themselves and/or other victims over the decades since 1959.
Even if those adults complained to didn’t believe them, there were and are always alternatives – parents, The Police, teachers, managers, older brothers and sisters, friends, partners etc….
Secondly, because most remained silent and are now coming out of the woodwork to stamp on the dead man’s grave, it’s simply too little, too much and too late. If these victims had shown some ‘cohonas’ this could and would have been nipped in the bud, years, even decades ago. It might even have helped Jimmy Savile deal with his sexual perversions.
Moving forward, I wonder if there’s a greater need for those who work with children/welcome children onto their premises to recognise the signs of abuse and to know what to do when accusations are brought to them. Are adequate procedures in place and are they being followed?
Perhaps there is also a greater need to provide all children with guidance via, for instance, the school curriculum, on what action they can take if they or someone they know is being abused.
What this scandal has effectively exposed could well be deemed “institutionalised abuse”. That is truly shocking.
As a society we thought we’d progressed, but this scandal indicates we’ve not moved on as far as we’d hoped when it comes to tackling abuse.
Ban the BBC Campaign
A boycott of the BBC has been organised for 19-22 October 2012. Between 7pm on Friday 19th October 2012 – 11am Monday 22nd October 2012 people are encouraged to not watch BBC TV, radio or website.
The aim of this initial action, organised by Deeatthevillagerestorationproject (Facebook) is for the general public to demonstrate their anger and disapproval at the BBC’s failure to robustly deal with Jimmy Savile.
In the longer term, if found guilty of failure to prevent the alleged abuse, I would suggest Ofcom or the Court’s take the BBC off air for two weeks. No TV. No radio. No website. That punishment would punish them and send out a loud and clear message to other organisations in a position of trust and authority that they have to do much better in such circumstances.
Tiemo Talk of the Town
17th October 2012