Wednesday, 3 October 2012

40 Years On and Jimmy Savile is STILL hurting me!

I did a TV interview last year for Newsnight. The producer had read my sequel book 'Keri-Karin' online (, guessed that JS was Jimmy Savile and contacted me to ask for an interview to expose him as a child abuser.  After a lot of pressure I agreed.  They interviewed me at home, on camera, last October, which was after my chemoradiotherapy and a month before my surgery for bowel cancer.

But the programme editors dumped the programme and it did not air because : "she's probably lying." and apparently, CPS said there was no way to substantiate what I'd said. I was understandably aggrieved. After the emotional turmoil and stress of coming out on camera and admitting to performing disgusting sex acts with a disgusting pervert when I was a very vulnerable teenager and finally, after carrying it for 40 years, I was not believed. Not easy to cope with BUT I had to concentrate on my cancer and trying to get well again.

After my surgery, when I came out of hospital with a 20cm x 18cm x 4 cm deep open wound in my abdomen and was confined to bed, so, so sick and unable to move, the phone calls began.  From reporters.  The guy who interviewed me for the BBC, who desperately wanted to expose Jimmy Savile for the pervert he was, one Meirion Jones, had given ALL my personal details to every single reporter in the country.  That's my name, address, telephone, date of birth, address, mobile number -- everything.

All through my recovery and beyond I've been plagued by reporters wanting my story again. On the phone.  On my mobile.  Unsolicited at the front door.  In the street.  Followed into shops.  It has been a very hard 10 months.

Sunday evening I was contacted by: BBC radio! Wanted me to phone in to their programme where people were talking about whether Jimmy Savile was a child abuser or not.  Furious with them because of what BBC put me through, I declined -- and then I contacted Mark Williams Thomas, the guy who has a TV programme on tonight (Wenesday 3rd October 2012) on ITV 11.10pm -- one of the reporters who had been begging me to speak out again.  He came out to my home yesterday with a camera crew.  It was VERY stressful of course, but I did an interview with him.  It lasted around two hours.

This time, I had not only to explain what happened with Jimmy Savile. I also had to explain that I had told the BBC and not been believed and suffered terribly for 12 months because of it.

Today, I have telephoned Metropolitan police, as Mark Williams Thomas advised me to do. I now have to wait for a local police officer to call at my home and take a statement. This is not over; it has only just begun.


  1. Kat, you are the bravest person I know. ((hugs)) Hold on and we'll keep you sane!

    I know how hard talking about this sort of thing is and I am behind you all the way.

  2. I've read of this sort of stress before, of course. I have a friend who was abused by her piano teacher when she was very young and has never told anyone about it. But your clear, direct, honest recounting of the many added stresses that are brought to it by the media and even, God help us, the police themselves makes it so immediate. I always found the images of that man creepy and my revulsion deepens with every new revelation. I only hope that this brings some sort of catharsis, Kat, and that unloading it all will bring some satisfaction in the end. Take care. X

  3. I'm sorry you have to go through this. :( hang in there and hopefully everything will settle in time. I'm just glad that you don't have to suffer in silence and that you have ppl who support you and that genuinely care. There will always be jerks on one side but you have ppl all over the world that care and wish you the best. ***hugs*** you are in my thoughts

  4. Hi Kat

    Since the TV documentory it has become clear why people rarely complained at the time, that being peoples attitudes are all wrong.

    It's shocking that the victims are accused of doing this for money or fame ? then there are the plethora of jokes on the internet, especially Twitter . ... it all goes to show that under the surface, society hasnt really moved on when it comes to sexual abuse...

    Anyway, i wrote a blog to try and help people understand the difficulties in raising abuse complaints with the authorities in the 70's etc..

    I hope you're keeping as well as possible and i beleive you're incredbly brave.

  5. Very glad you blogged in the first place and that you didn't just decide to sack the whole thing after the BBC slapped you in the face like that. Without you, this might never have come out at all. Thank you

  6. And now it's a news story. Finally! I knew right away when I saw the article that this was whom you were talking about in your book. Even though he is dead, I'm glad it finally came out.