Rise in calls for help after Savile

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INCOMING calls to child protection charities in Wigan have risen in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse allegations.

Since the story broke out earlier this month that the former Jim’ll Fix It star had been accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls and a nine-year-old boy Scout, organisations supporting youngsters who have been abused say they have seen an increase of people ringing in as the scandal has given people the courage to come forward.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) says it has had 2,500 calls in three weeks - it usually receives 200 to 300 a week.

As well as receiving calls relating to allegations against Savile, details of which have been passed to police, the NSPCC says it has also received 105 contacts from adults wishing to talk about unrelated abuse suffered as children.

Although the NSPCC does not have official figures, the Wigan branch has noticed an increase in calls.

Peter Watt, NSPCC director of child protection advice and awareness, said: “It’s now looking possible that Jimmy Savile was one of the most prolific sex offenders the NSPCC has ever come across.

“We have received about 150 calls directly relating to allegations against him which we’ve passed to the police.

“It’s important we recognise the brave step victims have taken in coming forward and we urge any other victims to do the same.

“We are also finding more and more people coming forward and reporting unrelated abuse after hearing the victims in this case speak out.

“Many are only just doing so after years of keeping it to themselves. The NSPCC’s priority is to support these people working with partner organisations like NAPAC.”

People can contact the NSPCC regarding any child protection concerns on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk