Decades of Savile abuse revealed in UK report
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British police and the country's leading children's charity offered a horrific picture on Friday of six decades of sexual abuse of children as young as eight years by television host Jimmy Savile, and prosecutors admitted for the first time that they could have prosecuted him before his death in 2011 but failed to do so.
The "footprint" of abuse by the star was "vast, predatory and opportunistic", said Peter Spindler, a commander, as he released a report by Scotland Yard and National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Savile used his status as a national celebrity to "hide in plain sight" as he committed 214 criminal offenses in 28 police jurisdictions, the report said. The locations included the premises of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Savile's employer, and 14 medical facilities such as hospitals, mental health units and a hospice for the dying. The accusations spanned the period from 1955 to 2009.
The joint report by the police and the children's charity said Savile's victims were between 8 and 47 years old. The majority — 73 per cent— were children. After 450 people came forward to accuse Savile since October 2012, police concluded that the number of crimes of which he is accused totals 214, 34 of them rapes.
"He cannot face justice today," Spindler said. "But we hope this report gives some comfort to his hundreds of victims. They have been listened to and taken seriously."
'214 sex crimes in 60 years'--Findings of Friday's report, called Giving Victims a Voice, Compiled by Scotland Yard and the NSPCC:
Children as young as eight were among DJ's victims
There were 34 rape incidents and 126 indecent acts on people aged up to 47
73% of his victims were aged under 18, and most were girls aged between 13 and 16