Jimmy Savile - Your letter was only the start of it

The whole Jimmy Savile saga, which has probably been running forty years or so raises a lot of questions about celebrities and their status and excuses that are found for their illegal and immoral behaviour.

Can someone please explain to me how and why the many people who were either abused or knew about his activities made little or no attempt to stop him or draw the matter to the attention of the police or authorities.

I have already heard all the excuses. "It was a different time" "But it was Jimmy Savile" "Everyone knew what was going on" "No one would have believed me" "But he raised £40m for charity"

What do you think?

Mike Segall
The Giving Card

John Paul

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Jimmy Savile - Your letter was only the start of it

I was always naturally wary of Savile as a child - the cigar and track suit didn't make a great impression. The current allegations are untimely but if true speak more about peoples willingness to sweep away or bury unpleasant and wrong experiences through fear than peoples natural sense of some basic rights and wrongs. The charity work was great but not if it was a guilt trade-off for darker activities. One doesn't annul the other. If the allegations are true, he had an illness and treatment might have helped him and those effected.

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Fraser Hay

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Jimmy Savile - Your letter was only the start of it

Apparently, over 300 complaints now, and previously 5 separate investigations by 5 separate police forces....(with one retired police chap saying he was stopped by his superiors). ...eee me, I suspect there's going to be more coming out on a daily basis in the press..... ...and probably about other "celebrities" too.

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Mike "Magic" Segall

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Jimmy Savile - Your letter was only the start of it

Very well put Andrew. I went to see the Joe Orton play What The Butler Saw and had to walk out after half an hour because although brilliant I'm sure for the time it was written in the 1970's I just found it cringeworthy today and simply unfunny. I wasn't the only one either.

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Andrew Horder

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Jimmy Savile - Your letter was only the start of it

I once knew someone whose family was affected by the Gary Glitter abuse case. He was a friend of the family, thought to be a good chap, fun to be with and very kind to the kids despite his fame. Nobody suspected anything untoward at thethe time, until it all came out. Abusers are clever, and good at not appearing to be the creeps they are, and society seems willing to overlook more 'eccentricity' from those in the public eye. The point about a fair trial is valid - Saville will never get to put his side of the various stories. But I'm not sure that means it can't be investigated effectively, and lessons learned. To put the offenses into the context of the society at the time, these were the days of Alf Garnett, Carry On films and Love Thy Neighbour on TV. PC only meant Police Constable, and PCs would routinely give cheeky kids a clip round the ear, and if it we complained we got another one from our parents. And I watched the film Sunshine And Oranges last night - the last mass deportation of children in care to overseas institutions where they were routinely abused took place in 1970.

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Jeff Mowatt

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Jimmy Savile - Your letter was only the start of it

I think that there is always a reluctance to speak out about harm being done to others when there are interests vested in keeping quiet. We may even convince ourselves that we keep silent, for the greater good.

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Carolyn Williams

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Jimmy Savile - Your letter was only the start of it @Martin

@If anything decent can come out of this, perhaps it might give someone who is being abused some courage, if that's the right word, to do something about it now, rather than later. Courage is 'like any 'secret' a deep wound when aired and open to fresh air and love has a better 'chance' to heal'. Upper most for me is healing and the rest be laid in peace, as said here on Richard's blog. ☀HappyFridayMike☀ C:)x

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Anna Figiel

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Jimmy Savile - Your letter was only the start of it

My first reaction to the news of an allegation was "why now?" and I have grown more puzzled by the timing as the investigation has rapidly escalated. What has happened or come to a head behind the scenes to bring forward victims - the majority of whom have kept silent for two decades or more - only after the death of their alleged abuser? Sir Jimmy cannot defend himself from the grave and the distress of these allegations now falls on his family. Sir Jimmy's gravestone has been removed for destruction. Plaques and street signs erected in his honour have been taken down. Questions are being raised about whether his knighthood should be revoked. So much for innocent until proven guilty! While his enormous generosity of time, sweat and money do not excuse his alleged behaviour, the amazing side of Jimmy Savile shouldn't be forgotten.

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Mark Hutchinson

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Jimmy Savile - Your letter was only the start of it

Being a Yorkshireman and working/socialising in Leeds I met Jimmy on a few occassions as he was a regular face in the city and always appeared to be happy to chat and give his time to anyone young/old male/female. I guess like many people I've heard numerous conversations on this topic over the last couple of weeks and whilst to an extent I can understand a victim not perhaps wanting to come forward, but what totally amazes me are the rumours about it being common knowledge within the BBC etc and no one else coming forward.

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