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Savile Sex Abuse Victims To Seek Compensation
The lawyer for more than 50 of Jimmy Savile's abuse victims has said they will seek compensation from the BBC, NHS, the TV presenter's estate and other organisations.
The full scale of the late TV presenter's 54-year campaign of abuse was detailed in a joint police and NSPCC report on Friday.
It revealed that Savile's youngest victim was an eight-year-old boy and that he also abused seriously ill children.
There are now 214 criminal offences recorded against his name, including 34 rapes.
The Department of Health and BBC are just some of the organisations embroiled in the scandal and they could now face having to make substantial payouts.
They have launched internal investigations into how the entertainer slipped under the radar and was allowed to abuse on what police now believe was an unprecedented scale.
A lawyer representing dozens of Savile victims, Liz Dux, said all would be pursuing civil claims for compensation.
The crimes spanned from 1955 to 2009, covering his entire career at the BBC, and included sexually touching a teenage girl at the final recording of Top Of The Pops in 2006.
Savile abused patients at Leeds General Infirmary, where he worked between 1965 and 1995, and at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, in Buckinghamshire, between 1965 and 1988.
He also targeted residents at children's home Duncroft School between 1970 and 1978.
Savile's victims expressed shock and anger at the length of time it has taken to expose the entertainer's predatory behaviour and that nobody attempted to put an end to the suffering.
A total of 450 people have come forward alleging sexual abuse against Savile since October, of whom 73% were children at the time of the offences.
Ms Dux said her clients were suing†Savile's estate and would also pursue claims against the organisations responsible for where the abuse took place.
However, she insisted they were not doing it for the money.
She said: "Compensation is the only thing we can really do for them, but that is not their particular motivation for doing this.
"It is for getting their stories out there to get them believed and to prevent it from happening again. You don't do it for the money.
"All of them have claims against Savile's estate and in addition the BBC and various hospitals and so on where the abuse took place."
Ms Dux said the claims would be placed "on a moratorium" until the various inquiries into Savile's abuse had finished.
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what do you think?
I never want to see that ugly creepy face ever again
Is it really the victims that want money it is it Ms Dux? 50 clients = a lot of fees ££££££
Ah so not so much seeking closure , more seeking financial gain
I can see no reason why we should continue to pay the licence fee.
If a doctor was found to be a paedophile would you say 'close the NHS down'?
Pathetic response. I cannot see justification for the public f unding of the BBC, an organisation that is biased, greedy, poor quality and covers up sex offenders. Let it fend for itself, it is crazy that in the 21st century we have to pay a tax on watching a tv even if we never tune into the BBC.
Poor quality? have you watched the other channels? At least the BBC doesn't have mind numbing adverts every ten minutes.
AHHHH AND THERE IT IS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! money money money.
Well its not going to be justice justice justice is it?
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Question... Do the victims seek compensation OR do Lawyers seek compensation? The victims have lived with this abuse and said nothing for 20 or 30 years.......
You are on the right track, Michael. Victims will be approached and prompted to make claims, as is the norm in this country , today. No win no fee. It's not about money, though, it's about the victims being listened to at long last. People who claim it's all about money, are themselves just obsessed with money.
I initially defended JS against his accusers on the basis of lets us see the evidence first. In the light of the investigation I now believe this odious man is as gulity as sin. I always thought however that the bottom line of this was always money and sadly I think I have been proved right. Victims will seek compo from the BBC, NHS, Savilles estate and "other organisations". For that read anywhere they can get money from. Can anyone explain to me how money will make things better??
Surprise surprise . . Yes of course we know he was a vile piece of excrement but now it seems more and more celebrities are being stitched up and dragged in. All these claims are "historical" too. . . Not one is a recent case. Anyone knows that an abuser continues to abuse like Savile did. Jim Davidson was an easy target because of his relationship history. This whole thing stinks of money
thats all everyone was bothered about...compensation....at least max clifford wont be representing them..too busy protecting himself.. havnt bothered for years so why now. saville still an evil monster though
How did it stay unnoticed for so long.why should thay get compo when thay should of done it when he could of faced justice
Hope I'm not having to, pay for the incompetence of these BBC, NHS managers. Take them to court and get them to pay. They were in charge and still get fat bonuses for being useless.They should have been fired at the time and locked up. Just as bad as him. Nothing to do with jo public.
Show me the money another gravy train for the Legal profession to milk the N.H.S. and the tax payer . Let us put more effort into stopping children of today getting abused.