Jimmy Savile's abuse of young people, particularly females, over his 50 year career are almost indisputable now. Police are following up 400 lines of enquiry and over 300 people have come forward to confess that they, too, had suffered at the hands of the depraved television personality. However, with Savile now dead what do the victims and police hope to achieve? Are others in line to be punished? Who now stands in the firing line? Who gets hit with the dispersed shrapnel of this distressing explosion of abuse and blame?
The New York Times reports that Commander Spindler, of Scotland Yard, said that the "vast majority" of complaints were against Savile alone, and only a handful against others, and no evidence of a 'paedophile ring' as has been reported elsewhere. The BBC reports that "investigations are looking at those who may have assisted Savile, helped organise abuse, cover it up or taken part in assaults themselves." They also say that they have spent a further 9 hours interviewing Karin Ward, who was a key figure in the footage released in the BBC1 Panorama show last Monday (22nd Oct 2012) that was originally shot for a Newsnight report that was never aired.
Commander Spindler is clearly taking all allegations very seriously, and respecting everyone that is coming forwards, "This may be the first time that some people have actually spoken in any detail, and we don't underestimate how significant an event it is for them to disclose sexual abuse," he said. "We have to believe what they are saying, because they are saying the same thing independently."
Although there is no guarantee of any arrests being made, nor anyone being found culpable for the crimes of the deceased Mr Savile, Spindler hopes that this investigation will enforce change in many institutions, and that although many victims will never find retribution, a change of culture may be a good apology. "I think what's happened with this inquiry," he said, "is that they do have a voice, and that they will be heard."