Savile volunteered to help at hospitals and other establishments around the UK The quest by medical establishments, in the UK, to raise extra funding, allowed managers to give Savile free access. These days surely even a celebrity would have to undergo a CRS, criminal records check? However, in the case of Savile rthat would have made little difference. No charges were ever brought against the TV and radio personality in life, although some of his victims had contacted police in the past.
According to the BBC, a report claims that Savile abused children as young as eight. The 'Giving victims a Voice' report, a joint venture between UK children's charity the NSPCC and the Metropolitian police investigation Operation Yewtree, can be found online.
Details at the BBC list a few of Savile's offences as,
Occurring at 13 hospitals, including Great Ormond Street in London and Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds. Some 214 crimes were recorded across 28 police force areas, including 34 of rape or penetration, the report said. The CPS apologised for missing the opportunity to prosecute Savile in 2009, while he was still alive.
Police said the victims' accounts painted a "compelling picture of widespread sexual abuse by a predatory sex offender," and Cdr Peter Spindler, who is leading the abuse probe, said Savile had "groomed the nation".
And the NSPCC said Savile was one of the most prolific sex offenders in its 129-year history.
NSPCC director of child protection advice and awareness Peter Watt said: "The sheer scale of Savile's abuse over six decades simply beggars belief.
"He is without doubt one of the most prolific sex offenders we have ever come across and every number represents a victim that will never get justice now he is dead."
A catalogue of errors. Could this happen again? Maybe. Times have changed and stricter measures are in place. Each time there has been a case of child abuse, such as Victoria Climbie and Baby P, changes are made. Each time a paedophile is caught and convicted we act on what we learn.
There have been a series of celebrity arrests, some linked to Savile, most not. Trial will follow. One resignation, so far, from the BBC may not be the last.
The trouble is cases keep coming to light, some of which are not historic. That means there is still a lot of work to do.