Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman has said there needs to be an over-arching independent inquiry into the Savile case.
Speaking to Andrew Marr on the BCC, she said too often the criminal justice system gave the victim the impression they would not be believed if they came forward with allegations of sexual abuse.
Ms Harman said: "There are big lessons to be learned here...
"Not just for the BBC although the epicentre of it was at the BBC, but elsewhere because when something like this comes out, there is an assumption, 'how could we have gone astray from our normal policy that protecting vulnerable children must take priority over the rights of protecting adults'?
"That is not actually the situation because that is always under challenge. Just this month the law has been changed so if there is an allegation of a sex offence against a teacher, the teacher has anonymity right up until the moment of charge.
"That is based on an assumption that you have to protect the adult from false allegation. I think what we do is that we push to protect children but that is always resisted."
Amid the fallout from the Jimmy Savile scandal the BBC is investigating nine allegations of sexual harassment among staff and contributors.
BBC boss George Entwistle has spent almost two hours taking questions from MPs about the corporation's handling of the Savile scandal.
Ex-BBC boss Mark Thompson has told ITV News he will help with any inquiry into the corporation and its handling of the Savile allegations.