there was a point where it was thought that there were only 486 children on the abuse register. Now the government accepts that 1 in 4 adults will have been abused at some point in their lives. That is a huge change.”
“This is really different for any survivors listening now if a poilce officer doesn’t listen sympathetically and offer a believing response then something has gone wrong because the police really do have this in their guidelines now.”
“Savile was not only abusing all children with or without disabilities in group settings or in hospital settings, he was also inmvoking belief systems, doing rituals, making children believe that he had extra powers and that if they didn’t obey him they would be published in an after life.”
“There are special things in, especially, for example, Alistair Crowley that can be used to frighten children even more, but the use of cloaks, of making spells, of making threats, of threatening what will happen after death too is something that the 5 different people that spoke to me about Jimmy Savile said that he’d been part of.”
“When there is abuse by itself it’s scary enough. When there is abuse within a religious setting it is so terrifying to people. Loomk how long its taken the Ryan report of 2009 took till then to talk about ritualistic kinds of abuse children in Ireland went through at the hands of nuns and priests, so nobody can bear it when its linked to religion, but when it’s linked to religion that is not mainstream it seems to frighten people more. As if yes, abuse exists, Satanism exists, but you can’t have Satanist abuse.”
“it’s not surprising that people find these serious allegations really frightening.”
When asked about corroboration for the abuse disclosed to her-
VS: No I haven’t been in a ceremony but I’ve seen the marks on them, I’ve seen the terror they’re in and I’ve seen how they wer before such events happened and how they are when they speak about it, how consistent they are in other things they say, so that there has been no reason from a psychological point of view to doubt their capacity to give good evidence, but its the police who need to find the proper corroboration.