08 April 2016
BBC Documentary to Tell How Jimmy Savile’s Victims Spoke Out For The First Time
A Flagship primetime BBC documentary will tell the story of how victims of historical abuse broke their silence for the first time.
In 2012 the country was shaken by revelations of historic sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile that had gone unchecked for decades.
Thousands of people came forward to talk about their own experiences - many for the first time - and the shocking scale of abuse was revealed.
Abused: The Untold Story reveals the individual accounts behind that national scandal, getting to the heart of the story by speaking to police, journalists, lawyers and most importantly victims.
The documentary sensitively deals with the stories of those who suffered at the hands of Savile and the importance of getting justice for those who suffered in silence for decades.
Slater and Gordon was deeply involved in helping many of the victims, representing 168 of those who were abused.
We are featured in the programme and were happy to be involved because we were assured that this very delicate subject would be handled with the utmost care.
For the first time it showed full interviews of how abuse not only affects the lives of victims but also those around them.
It didn’t just focus on the salacious details of the assaults by Savile, but examined why those he assaulted felt unable to report it at the time, how they felt growing up with what had happened to them, how they kept it hidden from their families and why and how those around them reacted when the story emerged.
This is why the inquiry into historic sex abuse is so important. Every single person who comes forward has suffered at the hands of an abuser. Their voices deserved to be heard and they need closure.
Many of our clients those shown on the film came to us because they didn’t know who else to turn to. They wanted support through the reporting process and they wanted guidance. We offered them their only means of achieving any sort of closure and ultimately of getting justice.
Anybody affected by issues of historic child abuse should contact the NSPCC on 0808 800500 or NAPAC (The National Association for People Abused in Childhood) on 0808 8010331.
*Abused: The Untold Story will be aired Monday, April 11 at 8.30pm