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Sanderson: 'Parallels between Savile and Catholic cover-ups'


Police investigating claims of abuse against Jimmy Savile say the estimated number of victims has risen to 60.

Christiane Sanderson, psychologist and consultant on sexual violence, told to the Today programme's Sarah Montague:

"I think if it's a very high profile case, survivors will be afraid of the repercussions or reprisals from this, in terms of, will they be believed. Will the public judge them?

"I think there are real parallels here with some of the cover-ups we saw in the Catholic Church in Ireland, in that people did try to disclose. There is record to say that people did try to come forward, tried to actually make some allegations and were not believed because it was so difficult to believe that somebody with such status, power and authority would abuse this power and sexually abuse."

She went on to say that paedophiles use "a combination of threats, manipulation and intimidation to silence victims and colleagues around them."

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