The BBC aired “Abuse: The Untold Story” this week. It followed various victims of abuse, including those abused by Jimmy Savile, Ray Teret and Chris Denning. The documentary focused on the victims and the effect coming forward has had on their families. It was a refreshing outlook focusing on the victims rather than their high profile abusers.
The programme also included:
- first-hand accounts of why victims had not come forward at the time of the abuse, or earlier than they had. The main reason given was because they often thought they were the only one to have been abused and they did not think they would be believed;
- one of the first victims to use the CPS Scheme ‘Victims Right to Review’. This was set up so any victim of abuse could ask for their case to be reviewed again if it had not been pursued when they first made a complaint. This particular victim’s case was then taken to trial;
- criticism of the CPS and its failure to properly investigate four allegations of abuse against Savile whilst he was alive. The BBC was also criticised for its failure to air an interview with one of Savile’s victims for over a year;
- representatives from the Police speaking of their experiences of investigating historical abuse claims and advising that reports of sexual abuse had risen by 60% in the last four years;
- representatives from the NSPCC and their insight on abuse victims.
The programme will remain available on BBC iPlayer for the next month.
Written by Nicola Aspinwall, Solicitor