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Suffolk charity Survivors in Transition sees increase in men seeking help for childhood sexual abuse

Published February 20, 2015 by misty534

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A charity that helps adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse is helping more men than women for the first time in its five year existence.

Those behind Survivors in Transition (SiT), based in Fore Street in Ipswich, believe the increase could be due to the high media profile of police investigations into sex abuse allegations such as Operation Yewtree.

Fiona Ellis, operations director at the charity that offers support and counselling to men and women across Suffolk, said the number of men being seen had more than doubled between 2013 and 2014 – with men accounting for 34 of the 52 people currently being seen by SiT.

Ms Ellis, added: “For the first time we are working with more men than women. In the last couple of weeks we have seen an increase in particularly men, but individuals making enquiries being affected by institutional abuse, which is never the norm for us. Usually 80% to 90% of the people we work with have been affected by abuse within the home.”

Ms Ellis said the spike in men coming forward has contributed to a 240% increase in the overall demand for their services and seen people from as far as Cambridge seek support.

She added: “Anxiety is one of the reasons people don’t come forward. There’s an overwhelming sense of shame, so breaking that silence takes a huge amount of courage.

“Our service has grown so quickly since those cases in the media, and we want to try and reduce the anxiety of using the service.”

However, while SiT has seen an increase in men using the service, it is not a situation that has been seen nationally.

Michael May, director of business development at national charity Survivors UK, said: “I don’t know if there’s a particularly gendered response because the press coverage has been about institutions. Society tells men they have to be strong and protect themselves, so they may have been too scared to come forward for help.”

To combat the problem SiT aims to respond to people within 48 hours and assess them within two weeks, before creating tailored programmes when not everyone is ready for counselling or group sessions.

For more information call 07765 052282 or visit  survivorsintransition.co.uk.

By Jason Noble

Jimmy Saville: Operation Yewtree cops probe 12 suspects in positions of power

Published October 5, 2014 by misty534

Coverups of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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You cannot put a price on innocence that has been stolen

You cannot put a price on the lives that have been broken

You cannot put a price on a lifetime of shame

But you can make sure it never happens again

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Operation Yewtree cops are investigating historic child sex abuse allegations against a further TWELVE public figures.

Unlike previous suspects who were celebrities, the latest accused are senior police officers, politicians, local authority chiefs and senior civil servants.

It is claimed that they either sexually abused child victims, or have been directly involved in covering up offences spread over three decades.

The crimes are said to have been committed in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Names of the suspects have been passed to the police by investigative reporter and criminologist Mark Williams Thomas, whose TV documentary finally exposed Jimmy Savile as a predatory paedophile.

Williams Thomas, a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University, revealed details of the latest investigations on the second anniversary of his ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile.

Celebrity publicist Max Clifford, children’s entertainer Rolf Harris and radio and TV presenter Stuart Hall have all been jailed as a result of the police probes that followed the programme. Many others have been arrested.

In an earlier interview with the Sunday Mercury Williams Thomas said that two more British icons were being investigated by Yewtree officers. Since then both Cliff Richard and DJ Dr Fox have been linked to inquiries.

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Investigations into both are still ongoing. But Williams Thomas warned that the probe into historic allegations against the 12 new public figures could prove even more difficult, given their positions of power and influence.

They could also be dangerous. As a result of his investigations into Savile, the journalist received a letter bomb and a death threat which were dealt with by police.

“I know of another twelve public figures and that is a minimum,” Williams Thomas, who grew up in Solihull, told the Sunday Mercury as he attended the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

“It just takes one person brave enough to come forward. Then, as the investigations start to unfold, more victims tell their stories.

“The names I have supplied are senior police officers, politicians, local authority officials and senior civil servants – people with a lot to lose.

“After Savile I got letter bombs and death threats. That’s nothing compared to what you will get with politicians and the like.

“There will be dirty games played, a campaign to undermine those investigations. The only way to do it is through a proper inquiry, to have properly skilled investigators to dig out more evidence.

“There are hundreds of victims. Savile had close to 1,000. Offenders don’t offend in isolation, and they continually offend.

“The offences date back to the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Some go back to the 1950s. The accused are old people now. If we leave it too long they will die or be dying, or have gone senile.”

Since the Savile programme several reviews have been established, including the Westminster child abuse inquiry, which was announced by Home Secretary Theresa May in July.

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The inquiry was ordered to investigate claims that politicians may have sexually abused children in the 1970s and 1980s in a conspiracy by members of the establishment who then used their power to cover up the crimes.

But the inquiry has hit a number of obstacles and Williams Thomas says he is concerned that it will fail to achieve its goals.

Its first chairwoman, retired judge Lady Butler-Sloss, stepped down just days after her appointment following criticism due to her brother, Lord Michael Havers, being the Attorney General at the time of the alleged paedophile scandal.

Former Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf, was named as the new head of the independent inquiry last month.

But Williams Thomas said there are concerns that she has not had enough time to begin the inquiry.

“The future challenge for the inquiry is to get an appropriate panel who have the skills to investigate,” said the investigator.

“I have not yet seen that reflected in the appointments so far. There are no people in the field of child abuse. You need people with a record of investigating and holding people to account.

“There are former social workers and police officers who are readily suited to perform these roles but who have not been approached.”

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HOW DID JIMMY SAVILE GET AWAY WITH IT FOR SO LONG?

The aftermath of the Jimmy Savile revelations is still unfolding.

The big question remains: how did a revered and decorated BBC DJ and presenter, fundraiser, friend of the Royal Family and papal knight go unchallenged for so long?

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt apologised on behalf of the Government and NHS to Savile’s victims following the publication of the Department of Health investigations in June.

He said that Savile repeatedly exploited the “trust of a nation” for his own “vile purposes” as it emerged that the DJ had boasted of performing sex acts on bodies in at least two hospital mortuaries.

A litany of rape and sexual abuse carried out by Savile in NHS institutions over at least five decades until 2009 was disclosed in 28 official reports.

The reviews detailed how Savile abused dozens of people ranging from staff and patients and toddlers to pensioners, as he visited hospitals as a celebrity fundraiser and volunteer.

It also emerged that members of staff at a number of NHS hospitals had been told of incidents of Savile’s abuse but failed to pass on complaints to senior managers, who could have taken action to protect his victims.

Ongoing reviews include those by the BBC, Stoke Mandeville and Broadmoor.

In addition there are investigations into how officers dealt with allegations against Savile within the forces of West Yorkshire, Sussex and Surrey.

Williams Thomas said: “It is a shame that we can never wipe Savile out of history.

“But in years to come we may look back on Savile and say ‘He was a dangerous predatory paedophile, but he enabled change to occur’.

“If it was not for the five women who came forward with their allegations against him, who put their confidence in me to make the programme, it would never have gone to the police.

“They took a huge risk. I took a risk – if it had gone wrong I may never have worked again – but I had confidence in myself and my producer to develop a programme that was easily understood, simple and not sensational.

“The stone over the hole has been pushed to the side. We’ve got to keep pushing it off. It is a quarter to halfway off. There is still a long way to go.

“No matter how long ago, these offences must be reported. They need to be brought out into the open. There may be someone else who has reported the same offender.

“But one failed investigation has the potential to ruin it for every other investigation. That’s why great care needs to be taken, checks made and support given.”

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Rolf Harris held for second time as Operation Yewtree cops probe fresh sex allegations

Published August 6, 2013 by misty534

More claims: Rolf Harris faces new historic sex allegations

The Australian entertainer and artist, 83, was released on bail after being held for a second time

Rolf Harris faced a new round of questioning yesterday as it was revealed police are probing fresh sex allegations against him.

The Australian entertainer and artist, 83, was released on bail after being held for a second time.

He was quizzed by detectives from Operation Yewtree – set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

Officers first raided Harris’s Berkshire home on November 24 last year but he was not in.

He was interviewed under caution five days later on suspicion of sex offences believed to relate to one woman who came forward following the Savile scandal.

Harris was first arrested in March and two months later officers travelled to Australia where they spent more than two hours taking a statement from mum-of-two Lauren Martell, 43, at her home in Sydney.

Lauren, who was a 19-year-old backpacker at the time of one alleged incident, contacted Scotland Yard in November.

It is understood she does not claim she was the victim of any offence. A second woman from Sydney has also spoken to British police.

It was unclear last night if the new claims relate to more alleged victims. Harris has been bailed until later this month.

The Metropolitan Police did not name Harris, but he was identified from the police’s case number – Yewtree 5. His arrests are not connected to the Savile strand of the investigation.

A spokesman said: “He has returned on bail today, where he was further arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in connection with further allegations made to Operation Yewtree. He has been re-bailed to a date later in August.

“This individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed ‘others’. We are not prepared to discuss further, nor comment on the identity of who the man arrested may be.”

No charges have been brought and Harris has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

His latest arrest comes a day after he made an emotional appearance on stage. Harris performed at Wickham Festival in Hampshire, on Sunday night, telling fans: “Just before I go any further I would just like to thank you all for my support… for your support.”

He said: “I didn’t say it very well, but you know what I mean. Thank you for your support,” adding jokily: “… I will always wear it.”

Fans of all ages joined him in singing his classics, including Two Little Boys, Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport and a cover version of Stairway to Heaven.

Harris’s wife, Alwen, 81, has said he is painting to help cope with the stress.

Police have arrested 12 men as part of Operation Yewtree including convicted paedophile Gary Glitter, comics Freddie Starr and Jim Davidson, PR guru Max Clifford and DJ Dave Lee Travis.

All deny any wrongdoing and investigations are ongoing.

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Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning, 72, is revealed as 13th man to be arrested on suspicion of sexual offences as part of Operation Yewtree

Published June 6, 2013 by misty534
  • Chris Denning, 72, was detained on Monday at a hostel in East London
  • He was arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal

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A former Radio 1 DJ has been arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Chris Denning, 72, was detained on Monday at a hostel in East London by officers working on Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree.

Police said the suspect, whom they have not formally named, was questioned on suspicion of sexual offences.

But today it emerged that the arrested man was Denning and that he was quizzed over ‘historic allegations’.

It is understood he is not accused of any offences with Savile, a former colleague.

Denning famously posed for a picture with a host of famous DJs for the launch of Radio 1 and Radio 2 in 1967.

Among those alongside him were Tony Blackburn, Jimmy Young, Kenny Everett, Terry Wogan, Pete Murray, Ed Stewart and John Peel.

After leaving Radio 1, Denning helped launched the career of Gary Glitter and later moved overseas.

In recent times, he has been staying at a hostel for the homeless in East London, which the Mail is not identifying for legal reasons.

There was no sign of him there on Tuesday or yesterday, but sources confirmed he had been a resident there.

Scotland Yard said Denning, the 13th man to be detained by Yewtree, was arrested on Monday afternoon. He was later bailed to return pending further inquiries on a date in July.

Last month the Mail revealed that comedian Jim Davidson is being investigated by Yewtree officers over claims he indecently assaulted a woman in the Falkland Islands in the 1980s.

Detectives, are probing claims the 59-year-old comedian committed a sex offence during a concert tour after the Falklands War.

The attack is alleged to have happened while the former Generation Game host was entertaining British troops.

Davidson, 59, was originally arrested in January of this year over alleged sex offences in the UK. He denies all the allegations.

 

Other arrested celebrities include, entertainer Rolf Harris, DJ Dave Lee Travis and comedian Freddie Starr. Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter has also been detained. They also deny any wrongdoing

PR guru Max Clifford has charged with 11 historic counts of indecent assault against teenage girls. The 70-year-old has vowed to clear his name, labelling the allegations “a load of nonsense”.

Critics claim the Yewtree investigation has become a celebrity witch-hunt.

But Yard chiefs insist it is fair and proportionate. At least one more celebrity is expected to face criminal charges in the coming weeks.

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Operation Yewtree: Former BBC driver David Smith in court charged with sex offences

Published May 8, 2013 by misty534

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Smith, who ferried a variety of celebs around for the Beeb during the 1980s, entered no plea and was released on bail

A former BBC driver appeared in court today as part of the investigation triggered by allegations of abuse against Jimmy Savile.

David Smith, 66, who ferried a variety of celebs around for the Beeb during the 1980s, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.

Smith is accused of two counts of indecent assault, two of gross indecency and one of buggery in 1984, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

He entered no plea and was released on bail until July 12 when he will appear at Southwark Crown Court.

He was the first person to be charged under Operation Yewtree, the national investigation prompted after claims were made against disgraced TV presenter Savile.

The CPS previously said charges are two counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14 between June 1 and July 21, 1984; two counts of gross indecency with a boy under 14 between the same dates; and buggery of a boy under 16 between July 1 and 21, 1984.

The counts relate to one victim.

Operation Yewtree was set up in the wake of allegations against Savile and other celebrities of sex abuse.

After his death in 2011, aged 84, police found that Savile was one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders.

Scotland Yard is leading the national investigation and has separated its inquiries into those involving Savile, those involving Savile and others, and those involving others.

Smith, of Lewisham, south east London, has been investigated under the “others” strand.

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Operation Yewtree arrest in Somerset not connected to Jimmy Savile

Published April 4, 2013 by misty534

Detectives investigating allegations of sexual assault arising from the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal have arrested a 65-year-old man in Somerset.

Scotland Yard has confirmed that the man was arrested on suspicion of unspecified sexual offences this morning under Operation Yewtree.

 
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Police said the allegations against him are not linked to former DJ and Jim’ll Fix It host Savile, and that the arrest comes under the strand of the investigation referred to as ‘others’.

Operation Yewtree is a wide-ranging police investigation into allegations of historical sex abuse which started to surface after Savile’s death in October 2011.

The investigation has three strands – one looking specifically at allegations against Savile, one concerning allegations against ‘Savile and others’, and one for ‘others’ unconnected to Savile.

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Operation Yewtree: Jim Davidson cracks second arrest gag

Published March 31, 2013 by misty534

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The 59-year-old funnyman jokes about being part of Operation Yewtree

 

Comedian Jim Davidson has joked about his second arrest by Jimmy Savile cops – and insists he has “nothing to hide, no regrets”.

The 59-year-old funnyman, famed for his “Nick, Nick” catchphrase said: “There are times when I think ‘is this actually happening?’

“People say that despite it being a case of innocent until proven guilty there will be a stigma. I don’t think that… I have nothing to hide, no regrets.”

The ex-Big Break and Generation Game host is the latest in a series of high-profile names to be arrested in Operation Yewtree, a probe into allegations of sexual assault sparked by the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Speaking in Cheltenham, Gloucs, ahead of the latest gig on his You Must Be Joking! national tour, he joked: “We Britons are great, we like to be part of big groups and now I’m part of a group, Operation Yewtree.

 

by Nick Dorman