Jimmy Savile was a star but he did bad things. He targeted children and young people, both men and women. He sexually abused them, this means he was touching them on their private parts and raped them or forced them to have sex.
I am very angry and upset about this, how did he get away with it?
Because he had friends in high places who covered it up.
I am disgusted about what happened, I feel sorry for the victims. It is hard for them to speak up because they are scarred and they don’t know who to tell. They might worry that their family and friends won’t believe them.
A lot of the victims were disabled people, it is even harder for people who have learning disabilities to speak up about abuse.
Also a lot of the abuse happened in the 1970s and 1980s when people were not aware of sexual abuse as much as they are now.
In Britain we need to get better at helping victims to speak up about abuse.
Disabled people should support each other to tell about abuse and help the victims. So speak up by telling the police, support workers or call a helpline like:
Stop Hate Helpline: 0800 138 1625 (open all the time)
Victim Support: 0845 30 30 900 (open all the time)
Respond: 0808 808 0700 (Friday, 12.30 – 4.00pm)
Voice UK: 0808 8802 8686 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)
Childline: 0800 1111 (open all the time)
Women’s Aid (National): 0808 2000 247 (open all the time)
Mencap Helpline: 0808 808 111
National Autistic Society Helpline: 0808 800 4104 (Monday Friday 10am to 4pm), minicom: 0845 070 4003