More Than 200 People Seeking Justice And Compensation After Jimmy Savile Abuse

The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust Is Appealing Compensation Scheme

05.11.2014

The number of people seeking justice and compensation after claiming to have been sexually abused by Jimmy Savile has reached 203.

The Court of Appeal is currently analysing the latest round of litigation in relation to how the money from Savile’s former estate will be divided between survivors.
 
Judges are considering claims from the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust that the “validity” of allegations from survivors will not be assessed before compensation is awarded. 

The compensation scheme was approved in the High Court earlier this year, with Mr Justice Sales describing it as a “sensible and pragmatic” attempt to solve a “complex situation”, as well as noting the scheme would allow “sufficient objective scrutiny” of claims.

Expert Opinion
The number of people coming forward claiming they were sexually abused by Jimmy Savile is concerning, as it illustrates that there must have been people or organisations turning a blind eye.

“Survivors of abuse are rarely concerned about money. They are coming forward now, to be heard and have their experiences acknowledged. They want lessons to be learned and they want to put the abuse behind them so they can move forward with their lives. Seeking civil justice can be transformative and compensation is only part of the process.

“It is vital that survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation, no matter how long ago the offences were committed, are given the opportunity to see justice done and are provided with ongoing assistance and support to help them overcome the physical and psychological damage such abuse can cause.

“However, it is important to remember that not all sexual offences are carried out by celebrities or well-known public figures. In recent months we have seen a number of high-profile cases emerging in cities around the UK and it is important further steps are taken to safeguard children and vulnerable young people who are at risk of abuse.”
Tracey Storey, Partner