The television and radio presenter, who died in 2011, is believed to have abused hundreds
of children and teenagers during a prolific career as a sex offender spanning 50 years. Many of his attacks are said to have taken place on BBC property or in children’s homes and hospitals.
When the revelations first became public two years ago, the NSPCC was inundated with calls from victims who wanted to talk about their experiences.
The charity completed a joint report last year with the Metropolitan Police which documented statements of possible abuse relating to Savile from 450 people.
There have been claims in recent months that there could be up to 1,000 victims of Savile’s sexual abuse but the true extent may never be known.
The NSPCC was commissioned to explore the experiences of victims by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, which was concerned that so many victims felt unable to come forward while Savile was still alive.
The charity conducted in-depth focus group research with 28 of Savile’s victims who had contacted its helpline and were happy to discuss their experiences.
The NSPCC’s report is not expected to contain major new recommendations for police or other agencies, or significant findings relating to the Savile scandal. However, it is likely to highlight the difficulties which Savile’s child victims faced in asking for help from teachers and, in some cases, their own family members. In the focus groups, victims also described how Savile behaved and what he said to them when they met him.