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Jimmy Savile victims 'ignored or laughed at'

Many of Jimmy Savile's victims were ignored or laughed at when they revealed at the time that he had sexually abused them, a new NSPCC report has found.

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'Ignored' Savile victims left with 'devastating scars'

Savile pictured at the Tate Britain gallery in London in 2000. Credit: PA

According to the report, Would They Actually Have Believed Me?, some of the victims, who were aged between eight and 26 when Savile assaulted them, told hospital staff, who dismissed their claims.

One of the 26 victims interviewed by NSPCC counsellors went to the police but no action was taken. The vast majority were children when they were abused but four were adults.

The NSPCC said the research, which was commissioned by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, highlighted the "devastating scars" that victims had suffered from the abuse, with some turning to drink and drugs to cope.

Others have suffered mental illness, poor relationships or contemplated suicide, it said.

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