News: Rape reports spike following Savile scandal (BBC)

A charity for abused women and girls says it has seen a 40% rise in calls in the year since the first Jimmy Savile sex abuse claims emerged.

Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, was a Radio 1 DJ and the presenter of the Jim’ll Fix It show on BBC One.  The ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile featured the accounts of five women who said they had been assaulted by Savile.  The allegations prompted a joint investigation by children’s charity the NSPCC and the Metropolitan Police into claims the late presenter had sexually abused women, girls and boys.

Rape Crisis England and Wales said its national helpline had received 78,000 calls in the 12 months to October, compared with 55,000 the previous year.  The rise in the number of those coming forward over abuse reflects similar trends recently reported.

Rape Crisis spokeswoman Katie Russell said: “Shocking as the revelations of the last year have been, they’ve reinforced what we within the Rape Crisis movement have learnt through our 40 years’ experience of providing specialist support to women and girls – that sexual violence sadly happens a lot more than most people think, and that the impacts for the survivor can be devastating and lifelong.”

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