I find the allegations against the late Jimmy Savile very disturbing. Not just the allegations themselves, of continuous sexual abuse of minors, but the fact that none of this came to light until after Jimmy was dead for months.
The fact is people must have kept quiet for years, for decades, and now see fit to make these allegations against a dead man who can’t defend himself, who can’t be brought to trial. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
Another accused is Gary Glitter, whose track record is well known and who is still alive and has been found guilty in court. Also Freddie Starr, who denies the charges against him. No doubt more celebrity names will emerge before this scandal has run its course.
Jimmy Saville’s headstone has been removed and smashed up, apparently officially not by vandals, and various memorials are being revised or scrapped. If the man was guilty, then this is understandable, but the whole thing leaves a bad taste in the mouth, and raises far more questions than it answers.
OK, you can understand the reluctance of some victims coming forward with sexual abuse allegations against such a widely-respected celebrity who apparently did so much for charity and to make youngsters dreams come true on his ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ programs. You would have thought some of them would have reported the alleged abuse, however, to their elders or to the police.
However what really bugs me is that nurses at a hospital Jimmy visited regularly, for children with learning difficulties and other ailments, apparently knew full well what was going on. They even knew he allegedly had a little room where he took young girls, and discussed which one ‘would be the lucky one tonight’, this said ironically, but it is also very, very sick, and a criminal offense since it would make them accomplices.
This makes these nurses every bit as guilty as Jimmy himself if, indeed, he did do the things now alleged. Why on Earth did they keep quiet about it for so long, did they not want to see him stopped and have him brought to trial? As it is it seems they were indeed accomplices in these crimes, that is if any of the stories can be believed.
They say so many are now coming forward with similar tales, the evidence against Jimmy and others is very damning. However it is very easy to accuse someone who is dead. Even the victims should be concerned that their silence must have led to others being similarly assaulted, if indeed the allegations are true.
It does seem, due to the sheer volume of accusers now the man is in his grave or facing his karma in the afterlife, that many or all of these allegations are probably true. However it does not explain why so many remained silent for so long, especially hospital staff. Nor why it has all come out in the open when the man accused is dead and could only answer back through a Spiritualist medium, and he’d then have to somehow prove it was really him communicating. In any event he cannot now face a trial here on Earth and be pronounced either guilty or innocent.
Whatever the truth, I feel very uncomfortable about this and any similar accusations against someone who is dead and cannot defend themselves in a court of law. This means they cannot be found guilty, for any post-humous trial would deny the accused the possibility of defending themselves.
If these allegations are indeed true, as sadly seems likely, then all who kept quiet about them for so long, and especially the hospital staff who covered it all up and allowed the sexual abuse to continue over and over again, are all also guilty of keeping silent and allowing the crimes to continue.
The nurses and hospital staff who knew about the alleged abuse in Jimmy’s ‘little room’ at the hospital should now be charged and brought to trial for being accomplices in the crimes. That way at least someone can get a fair trial. If this happens it will be interesting to see what comes out in such trials, and whether the allegations are substantiated, disproved or withdrawn.