UK- Saville report shows 50 years of allegations, SNAP responds
A new report, issued by the Met Police and NSPCC, shows 50 years of abuse allegations involving hundreds of children and over two dozen police force areas – all stemming from the crimes of Jimmy Saville. The 30-page document shows that Saville abused a child as young as 8 years old, and abused children in places ranging from hospitals and schools, to the BBC.
We are truly sickened and saddened to learn of such wide-spread and unadulterated abuse by such a public figure. How was Saville able to run amuck without being checked by police, hospital officials or his bosses at the BBC?
While we are glad that an investigation into these abuses has taken place, in many ways, it is too little too late. We hope that the investigation will go further than investigating Saville (who died in 2011), and investigate all the officials who either looked the other way or actively tried to cover his crimes. In the famous words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.”
And investigating his crimes is not enough. Someone must step forward and help his victims. It can help victims heal when the truth is exposed. But again, that’s not enough. Hundreds of adults have suffered – and likely are still suffering – because of the ignorance and callousness and recklessness of Saville’s employers. At an absolute bare minimum, they need and deserve medical and psychological help.
This tragedy should serve as a reminder to all of us: Anyone who sees, suspects, or suffers abuse should come forward to police and start healing, no matter who the perpetrator may be.
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SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
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