Victims of Jimmy Savile call for a single inquiry
|Savile was a predatory sex offender|
More than 30 separate investigations, inquiries, or other forms of examinations are currently in process into what Savile did during his decades of abuse of children and others, who was involved or associated with him in performance of this abuse and why was there no prosecution of him during his lifetime. These investigations are being conducted by the Police, the BBC, numerous Hospital Trusts and other government departments. It is more than 12 months since 2 reports were published saying, essentially that "Savile was “a prolific, predatory sex offender” who could have been prosecuted for offences against at least three victims while he was alive." The question on everybody's lips is "Why wasn't he?"
Victims groups and their advisers and the NSPCC, are concerned that the number of investigations currently taking place, could in fact, muddy the waters and between them overlook, or even perhaps ignore, vital evidence as the examinations seem to drag on apparently without any prospect of resolution and findings within the foreseeable future.There are compelling arguments for one umbrella enquiry and there have been since these allegations were first brought to light. However, the "authorities" have managed to create a labyrinthine tangle of inter related and interwoven investigations, confusing issues, duplicating effort and creating the impression of duplicity in its workings. It is all too easy with such a complexity of investigating bodies for major issues and questions to be "kicked into the long grass".
It is glaring obvious, that during his lifetime, Savile enjoyed the protection of many establishment figures, individuals within official bodies, police, the BBC and many senior NHS staff, which allowed him to maintain a shroud of secrecy around his activities and keep them concealed from public examination. This conspiracy of cover up and silence allowed Savile to perpetuate his evil pursuits for decades and only after his death did the rumour become firm statements.
It is therefore disturbing to note the lack of any progress towards resolution of the questions surrounding Savile and the role of others in the years of silence. It is as if the people and organisations responsible for carrying out these enquiries have some reluctance to reach any conclusision and are content to push the deliberations further into the future when either economics or time or both determine that futher investigation is “not in the public interest”, and the whole matter can be shelved. Perhaps there are even individual inquiry members or organisations who involved at the time and would prefer the whole sorry business to go away as quickly as possible.
There certainly seems to be an ongoing problem with even commencing the long delayed (for one reason or another) Historic Child Abuse Inquiry in Jersey (Channel Islands) which should have commenced almost 2 years ago and which, if such an enquiry ever takes place, will consider amongst other things, the links between Savile and the Haut de la Garenne children's home abuse. Links which the Jersey “authorities” have always denied but which are now proven with photographic and testimonial evidence.
|Savile at Haut de la Garenne|
The observer may be forgiven for coming to the view that there remain those people in influential positions within Jersey, Wales, Stoke Mandervile Hospital, the BBC and numerous other places that Savile contaminated with his odious behaviour, who would prefer that the whole subject and their part in it, be conveniently placed on the back burner of scrutiny. The more 1nquiries that there are they may consider, then the easier it becomes to hide fact amongst the minutiae of irrelevant detail and if findings are delayed for any length of time so much the better.
The victims groups and their advisers are right of course. This subject is too important to be allowed to decay into a never ending round of numerous inquiries and investigations, each changing its terms of reference during the deliberations and thereby extending its life for another 12 month period.
The need for one enquiry (and the Jersey investigation) to finally and quickly get to the truth and expose all wrong doing in this scandal is overwhelming. The authorities should recognise this need and respond accordingly.