Savile: Dozens of Victims To Seek Compensation

The lawyer for over 50 of Jimmy Savile’s abuse victims has said they will seek compensation from the BBC, NHS, the TV presenter’s estate and other organisations.

The full scale of the late DJ’s 54-year campaign of abuse was detailed in a report published on Friday.

It revealed that Savile’s youngest victim was an eight-year-old boy and that he also abused seriously ill children.

He now has 214 criminal offences recorded against his name, including 34 rapes.

The Department of Health and BBC are just some of the organisations embroiled in the scandal and they could now face substantial payouts.

They have launched internal investigations into how the entertainer slipped under the radar and was allowed to abuse on such an unprecedented scale.

The lawyer representing dozens of Savile victims, Liz Dux, said all of them would be pursuing civil claims for compensation.

The crimes spanned from 1955 to 2009, covering his entire career at the BBC, and included sexually touching a teenage girl at the final recording of Top Of The Pops in 2006.

Savile abused patients at Leeds General Infirmary, where he worked between 1965 and 1995, and committed offences at Stoke Mandeville Hospital between 1965 and 1988.

He also targeted residents at children’s home Duncroft School between 1970 and 1978.

Savile’s victims expressed shock and anger at the length of time it has taken to expose the DJ’s predatory behaviour and that nobody attempted to put an end to the suffering.

A total of 450 people have come forward alleging sexual abuse against Savile since October, of whom 73% were children at the time of the offences.

Ms Dux said all her clients – the number of whom is rising – were suing Savile’s estate and would also pursue claims against the organisations responsible for where the abuse took place.

And she insisted they were not doing it for the money.

“All the victims that we are representing are wanting to pursue civil claims,” Ms Dux said.

“Compensation is the only thing we can really do for them but that is not their particular motivation for doing this.

“It is for getting their stories out there to get them believed and to prevent it from happening again. You don’t do it for the money.

“All of them have claims against Savile’s estate and in addition the BBC and various hospitals and so on where the abuse took place.”

Ms Dux said the claims would be placed “on a moratorium” until the various inquiries into Savile’s abuse had finished.