26 February 2015
Jimmy Savile: Stoke Mandeville Report Confirms Staff Knew about Abuse
The report into the abuse at Stoke Mandeville Hospital published this morning confirmed that Jimmy Savile abused 63 people between 1969 and 1992 and that complaints about the abuse went unactioned.
The Stoke Mandeville Report says that Jimmy Savile abused people aged between 8 and 40, and that during his time at the hospital he had “unrestricted access” to clinical areas and patients. The report also found that several complaints were made, including one formal complaint by the father of someone who had been abused.
Savile first started work at Stoke Mandeville in 1969 as a volunteer porter. Already famous at the time, hospital management allowed Savile full access to the hospital grounds. The hospital eventually became dependent on Savile’s fundraising activities and, as the report concludes, several of those people abused by Savile were charity fundraisers who were under 16 years old at the time.
One formal complaint and nine informal complaints of sexual abuse were made to senior staff at the time but the report found that none of these were “taken seriously”.
Slater and Gordon Senior Lawyer, who represents 168 of Savile’s alleged victims told Radio 4’s Today Programme that her clients had told senior managers at Stoke Mandeville about Savile’s behaviour but the complaints were ignored. The Senior Lawyer says that one client was told, “Be quiet you silly girl, do you know what he has done for the hospital?”
The Stoke Mandeville Report highlights an urgent need for the Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse, something that Slater and Gordon Lawyers have campaigned about for some time. The Slater and Gordon Senior Lawyer said, “there was something clearly amiss” at Stoke Mandeville Hospital as Savile’s “deviant and sickening behaviour continued”.
Three doctors at Stoke Mandeville have been convicted of serious sex offences in the last four decades and, with this in mind, the Senior Lawyer says, “Savile's victims deserved more accountability from a hospital where they went to be looked after than they have received today."
Slater and Gordon's Abuse Lawyers currently represent over 800 victims of sexual abuse including alleged victims of Jimmy Savile. Slater and Gordon have considerable experience in dealing with physical and sexual abuse cases and understand how difficult it can be for those that have suffered abuse to speak out.
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