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article imageReview: ‘After Savile: No More Secrets?’ Special

By Alexander Baron     Nov 5, 2013 in Crime
The fallout from the Jimmy Savile inquiry continues with this half hour documentary by the BBC's 'Panorama' team currently on iplayer.
The documentary After Savile: No More Secrets? was screened last night and will be available until this time next year, and at some point it will almost inevitably find its way onto YouTube.
If you thought the Savile revelations were disturbing, you'll find the ones here difficult to comprehend, because the Panorama team have unearthed proven cases - not mere allegations - of the grooming and sexual abuse of young boys at independent schools which were covered up by officialdom, from school staff all the way up to the DPP.
The motives of those lower down were, ostensibly, to "protect" the reputations of the institutions, completely missing the point that the act of suppression is a greater disgrace than the insinuation of a paedophile into a position of authority over the young; the paper trail of abuse at one school goes back to 1950. We're not talking about mere fondling here but the rape of young boys, or as it used to be called, buggery. The Panorama team speak to one former pupil of Downside, a Catholic school, and it goes without saying that the Church has issues of its own. There have been prosecutions and convictions, but they are few and far between, indeed, Panorama even traced and spoke off-camera to one man who has served a gaol sentence for abusing boys, a one-time housemaster. The usual practice appears to have been either to sack offenders or to allow them to move on to other establishments where they could groom other victims.
Downside  the independent school where boys as young as eleven were groomed and abused.
Downside, the independent school where boys as young as eleven were groomed and abused.
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The proposed solution is that the reporting of allegations of child (sexual) abuse should be made mandatory; strangely, the Department for Education disagrees. Two and a half years ago, the Government published a White Paper on the problem. The team spoke to the report's author, Professor Eileen Munro. If you want to purchase it from The Stationery Office it will set you back £37.00. Alternatively you can read it here for free.
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