Suzanne Moore at her brilliant best

From Suzanne Moore in The Guardian, Wednesday 24 October 2012

The Savile scandal is about children, not overpaid TV executives

While we continue to play the blame game with the BBC top brass, the people who really matter are being ignored.

You won’t see another picture of a leering Jimmy Savile here. I don’t want to see any more of him. Really, can the media stop with the Savile imagery now that we know what he did?

However, it seems some people are still fundamentally missing the point. This is a story about an environment of abuse, how it flourished in plain sight, how supposedly “good guys” did nothing to stop it, and how girls are never really to be trusted. Or never actually a priority.

Some weird cultural transference has taken place to turn all this into a crisis of trust in the BBC. In some ways, that’s much easier to “debate” because it fits several agendas. There will always be those wanting to bash the BBC in a post-Leveson world, in a multi-channel “why should I not get everything for free?” world. The critics have been aided by the muffled, ill-informed and frankly useless appearances of those at the top of the organisation. These guys appear to lack ability, humility or even basic empathy. When the bosses of the other institutions, prisons and hospitals involved have to explain how Savile was given a free run to sick and vulnerable people, we may hope they are better prepared.

Part of that preparation might be simply to understand what sexual abuse actually is. Comments, such as those attributed to Newsnight editor Peter Rippon about “just the women” not being sufficiently credible sources, or about the crimes being not “the worst kind” as the girls were not “too young”, or these not being the worst sort of offences, show not only total ignorance but innate arrogance.

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