In the Media

"Radical steps taken" to tackle child sexual abuse post-Savile

PUBLISHED February 24, 2014

Mr Bailey said:

"It is saddening to read the experiences of the women and men abused by Savile in this report and the impact it had on their lives. However, it also shows just how much has changed and improved in the way our society responds to child abuse.

"The majority of participants did not disclose the abuse at the time because they felt they wouldn't be believed. For those who did tell someone no action was taken and many were laughed at or dismissed.

"We know that reporting is always going to be an emotional and difficult for victims of sexual abuse but, partly following the allegations against Jimmy Savile and other high profile child sexual exploitation cases, across society there is a much greater understanding of child abuse and an intolerance of it.

"Police and prosecutors have taken radical steps to transform the way the criminal justice system tackles child sexual abuse. Victim's can be reassured that if they come forward to report abuse to the police today they will be listened to, taken seriously and a full investigation will take place.

"As media coverage of Jimmy Savile was fundamental in encouraging victims to come forward, ACPO and the College of Policing guidance gives forces the discretion to name someone on arrest if they think it may encourage other victims to come forward. Police, in certain circumstances, can tell someone making an allegation if other people have reported abuse by the same person so they feel less alone.

"The police service is committed to continuing to improve our approach, learning from the experiences of victims.

"There are many ways to report abuse to the police - by phone, at a police station, via a third party, directly or anonymously at the Havens or Crimestoppers - and there are many support services who can provide support and advice so please don't remain silent."


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