Hola. Hope you are well.
It’s hard to move these days without hearing another Jimmy Savile child sex abuse allegation. It’s hard to believe how widespread his actions were. It’s also unbelievable how quickly his reputation has been shattered. Before the ITV programme, ‘The Other Side of Jimmy Savile’ there were only ‘rumours‘ about him, mainly based on him being odd, looking odd, living alone and worshipping his dead mother.
After the programme aired, his family defended him by saying, these were ‘unfounded allegations’, a few days later they were removing his headstone. This was the result of continuous days of more and more people coming forward and saying they were victims of him. It got to the point where it wasn’t, will there be another revelation in the next day’s newspapers but from which decade it would come from.
At the time of writing the police are saying the cases of abuse span 6 decades and they are looking at 60 different lines of enquiry. It begs the question, how did he get away with it? How much did other people know? With it being so widespread, how was he not caught in the act? Some people have suggested that he got away with it because, “that was the culture” at the time, or he was able to get away with it because he was so powerful. How powerful was he? He was only a DJ and a children’s TV presenter (no disrespect to DJs and children’s TV presenters).
Others have said he was protected because he raised so much money for charity. I’m sure if given the choice, these charities would have preferred to have raised less money and not have a pervert as their patron. His charity work and fame does seem to have allowed him easy access to the vulnerable. For example, he was given a flat at a hospital and given keys allowing him access to various wards. Who has keys to a hospital? Especially when you’re an entertainer and not a medical person.I used to do hospital radio, and I wasn’t given keys to the radio studio, nevermind to areas where patients were.
It’s just a shame that these allegations have come out after he died. It would have felt more just if he were here in person to face these charges.
It may not be the most shocking thing about this case but who would have thought that something good could come from an ITV programme?
Til next time, stay safe!