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Baroness Butler-Sloss: Savile has been 'a wake up call'

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Jimmy Savile is now thought to have been one of the UK's most prolific paedophiles, but what can we learn from the case about the way in which we deal with historic allegations of sexual abuse?

Former High Court judge Baroness Butler-Sloss said what worries her most about the Jimmy Savile story, is that "everybody will be terribly upset for a while, then it'll all die down."

"I think if one looks at the whole concept of child sexual abuse - friends, neighbours, colleagues, find it extremely difficult to believe that the nice guy they work with, or play bridge with, could possibly behave like that. Most people are in a very understandable denial, that it really could happen."

She continues: "People who suspect abuse are sometimes hesitant to complain because, like the victims, they feel they won't be believed, and adds, "I think Jimmy Savile has been a wake-up call."

Baroness Butler-Sloss and Peter Davies, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) lead for child protection and Chief Executive of Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP), also talk about the way victims of abuse are treated by the police.


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