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Thursday 14 December 2017

Irish victims of abuser Savile urged to contact gardai

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

ANY Irish victims of serial sex offender Jimmy Savile have been urged to contact gardai.

The disgraced star used his celebrity to raise funds for Dublin's Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) between 1968 and 1981.

He led legendary 10-mile walks through the streets of the capital, drawing tens of thousands of supporters and raising vital funds for the charity, which provides rehabilitation to children and adults with physical disabilities.

However, both the CRC and the Irish sex abuse support charity One in Four say they have not received any reports that Savile preyed on victims here. They both urged anyone with suspicions or allegations of abuse by him to contact gardai.

"We, at the Central Remedial Clinic, continue to be shocked and stunned by the ongoing allegations of child abuse involving Jimmy Savile," the CRC said in a statement. "As a national centre for children and adults with physical disabilities, the safety and well-being of our clients is paramount."

The CRC urged anyone who "has any suspicions, allegations, complaints or knowledge of incidents involving inappropriate or criminal behaviour concerning Jimmy Savile" to contact gardai.

"We would, however, like to reiterate that, at no time, has the CRC ever been made aware of any allegations or any incidents involving inappropriate or criminal behaviour concerning Jimmy Savile.

"The CRC is a non-residential centre and accordingly it is our understanding that at no time was Jimmy Savile left unattended with children in the care of the CRC."

One in Four executive director Maeve Lewis said the support group is also urging anyone who was abused themselves or know of anyone who was abused by Savile to contact it or the gardai.

Given the prolific nature of his abuse, Ms Lewis said, "it is surprising given he visited here so frequently that no Irish victims have come forward".

Irish Independent

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