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  •  Knew about gossip or? (3+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, WakeUpNeo, pitbullgirl65

    The real problem was that a lot of people heard gossip about Saville but did not have any first hand knowledge or actual evidence of the abuse. As in so many cases, the victims probably knew they were unlikely to be believed or were simply too frightened to report it.

    There is a lot of blame being placed at the foot of the BBC by the papers in the UK at the moment however they were also very well aware of the rumours. It was also exactly the sort of scandal that the News of the World dealt in.

    I often found his programmes and the way he behaved with the children on them slightly creepy but knew nothing about these allegations. In retrospect this was probably because he was a bit too "touchy feely" with them on the show.

    On the face of it he did enormous amounts of charity work in addition to being a popular DJ on television and radio and having a long running TV show "Jim'll fix it" where he arranged for kids to have treats like visiting places or meeting personalities. For many years he also volunteered as a hospital "porter" doing fairly menial tasks like wheeling patients around the hospitals. (It was his fund raising that was the main reason for the knighthood - he also got a Papal knighthood by the way)

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    by Lib Dem FoP on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 08:37:26 PM PDT

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    •  both of those knighthoods should be rescinded. (4+ / 0-)

      If an honor means anything, it means that those who earn it have not done anything that would disqualify themselves.  

      As for surrounding himself with kiddies: that's what pedophiles do.   They put themselves in positions to have kids around them all the time, and in times and places where they will not be subject to any kind of supervision.  This gives them a choice of victims, a cover story, and endless opportunities to abuse.

      Any grownup who has legitimate goodwill toward kids and an interest in helping them, will pre-emptively take steps to assure that their interactions with kids are properly supervised and witnessed, or sufficiently public, that there is no question of anything improper occurring.  

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      by G2geek on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 11:28:40 PM PDT

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      The real problem was that a lot of people heard gossip about Saville but did not have any first hand knowledge or actual evidence of the abuse. As in so many cases, the victims probably knew they were unlikely to be believed or were simply too frightened to report it
      Whistleblowers are seldom rewarded, and more often punished. Savile was famous, had powerful friends and brought in the pounds. It is very difficult to take down someone of his social standing. Esp. if the one complaining is a girl. At the very least she would be blamed.

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      by pitbullgirl65 on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:22:57 PM PDT

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