SAVILE ABUSE VICTIMS TO RECEIVE PALTRY PAY OFF BY THE BBC – The BBC has announced that it will provide ‘tiered’ payments for those victims of Jimmy Savile’s sexual abuse.
Compensation for the victims will range from £1,500 for cases of minor abuse to up to £40,000 for those who were actually raped.
How the BBC is able to determine ‘minor’ abuse is beyond me; after all, abuse is abuse regardless of whether it consists of light fondling to heavy groping – it’s still abuse.
Currently the BBC is dealing with 450 cases and these, according to the BBC, range in severity; however, some have already questioned the BBC’s motives for tiered payments noting that Lord Hall, the BBC’s Director General, receives more than £1,500 a day in remuneration for his job.
One victim of Jimmy Savile’s abuse, who has not been identified, called the BBC’s proposal a pathetic and demeaning; posing the idea that this kind of money is earned by top executives in just a few hours whilst the victims of Savile’s abuse have a lifetime of psychological trauma.
Jimmy Savile, according to allegations, didn’t restrict his abuse of young girls just to the confines of the BBC studios but indeed carried out years of abuse on children at a number of NHS hospitals and these victims too, are now seeking compensation for the psychological damage done.
The police has issued information that details some 1,300 victims in all spanning a period of 54 years but the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Children (NSPCC) feel there could be many more who have yet to come forward due to fear and the trauma they continue to suffer.
I certainly feel deeply for the victims. No child should ever be subjected to any type of abuse whether it is physical or mental. What worries me here is that money is involved.
Have we sunk so low as a society whereby mere money is the salvation to all rights and wrongs? Will any type of compensation heal the trauma these victims continue to suffer?
Yes, Lord Hall does receive an exorbitant remuneration package but isn’t that irrelevant? Whilst some victims are demanding more I can only conclude that this whole affair is little more than a grab for cash whilst the morality of cases appear to be set aside – or simply bought off.
In my view you could give each victim a million pounds; but that or any amount will never remove the trauma.
If the victims want to punish the BBC through financial compensatory terms then wouldn’t it be more appropriate if all the victims demanded the money be utilized by spreading it across a number of children’s charities – notably for those children who have been abused?
It doesn’t matter if the victims receive £1,500 or £40,000 for no amount of money is ever going to make a difference to their lives, but it could if the victims collectively demanded the cash were handed over to Children’s charities in order to provide care for others that are so desperately in need.
Put a price on trauma if you will but I guarantee you that the size of your bank account will never fully compensate you for the feeling you suffer but you could feel so much better knowing that your experience and suffering has gone in to helping others and even with the remit of preventing others from becoming victims.