London, Jan 11 (ANI): Late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted children as young as 10 during nearly four decades of activity as a paedophile, a report has said.
The assaults took place in a string of institutions, including numerous hospitals, prisons and the BBC, the official inquiry by the Metropolitan police and the NSPCC will reveal.
The 30-page report, Giving Victims a Voice, will describe how Savile abused up to 500 children and young people, and may have raped over 30, the Guardian reports.
According to the paper, of the allegations made so far, police have gathered sufficient evidence to record 200 sexually related crimes by Savile across the country, committed using the power of his personality and fame to dupe a huge number of institutions.
The paper said that detectives and prosecutors working on the inquiry into claims against Savile hope the report will mark a line in the sand, a cultural shift in attitudes between today and 30 years ago, when a blind eye was turned to such activity with children and young people and victims were not listened to.
The report will be presented on Friday by the senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent David Gray.
It will acknowledge that the police and other agencies, including the health service, have failed victims over decades, the paper said.
It will identify how at least seven victims came forward to police while Savile was alive to complain that they had been sexually assaulted, but their claims were not linked and did not lead to him being prosecuted, the paper added. (ANI)