One year ago yesterday and the Jimmy Savile affair had been running for a few months but this was the issue of the first official report which is a damning indictment of the handling of Savile’s behaviour. You have to ask why more people didn’t question or challenge, why more probing investigations were not undertaken at the time and why prosecutions were never initiated. All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
how did it happen?
How did it all happen?
Fifty years of predation,
sexual abuse, assault, depravation, rape,
solitude, a life’s deprivation.
One man, hundreds of victims.
But we can not escape
from the role that we played.
How did it happen?
Why didn’t we listen?
Where was our compassion?
In those studios, clubs,
hospitals, hospices, other places of care,
why weren’t we there for them?
Why didn’t we listen
to the anguish of the girls, the pleas of the boys?
Blind-eyed by the decoy of charitable bluster,
we must have felt safe in a delusory way.
Why weren’t we there when they needed us?
Blinkered by stardom, adulatory fame,
corporate greed held sway.
They were trying so hard, so desperately hard
to make someone listen
with a morsel of pity;
but they suffered the silence of tacit complicity,
the fear of believing,
no ounce of compassion.
That’s how it happened.
11th January 2013 – headline from the BBC
Notes: “Jimmy Savile scandal: Report reveals decades of abuse.” Children as young as eight were abused by Jimmy Savile, a report detailing 50 years of allegations has revealed. The Met Police and NSPCC outlined offences at 13 hospitals, including Great Ormond Street in London and Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds. Some 214 crimes were recorded across 28 police force areas, including 34 of rape or penetration, the report said. The CPS apologised for missing the opportunity to prosecute Savile in 2009, while he was still alive. 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”. And the NSPCC said Savile was one of the most prolific sex offenders in its 129-year history.