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Woman raped by Savile in Exeter mental health unit

Jimmy Savile raped a woman at a mental health unit in Exeter Photo:

The NHS has apologised to a woman raped by Jimmy Savile a hospital in Exeter in 1970.

Today's official inquiry into Savile's activities found "no reason to doubt" the account of a woman, then aged 25, who says she was assaulted by him at a mental health unit which has since closed. Today the Devon Partnership NHS Trust said the incident was quite clearly unacceptable and traumatic.

Ms X stated Jimmy Savile was in a motor home/caravan and he invited her to see the vehicle, where he then raped her. She did not report the incident to anyone at the time and did not believe anyone was aware of what had happened.

Melanie Walker, chief executive of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, said: "On behalf of the NHS, I would like to apologise to Ms X. Suffering serious sexual abuse whilst in the care of the NHS is, quite clearly, unacceptable and deeply traumatic.

We have provided support to Ms X since she first brought her experience to the attention of the police. Raising issues of this nature requires a great deal of courage and we hope that the investigation process may have helped her, in some small way, to address the events that took place more than forty years ago.