Jimmy Savile report highlights need to protect vulnerable children, says Esther Rantzen
Esther Rantzen has said the report into Jimmy Savile's decades of child abuse shows the importance of continuing to ensure the safety of vulnerable children at a talk at the Bentley Hotel.
Ms Rantzen told a local care event at the hotel in South Hykeham, near Lincoln, that she had read the Operation Yewtree report, which was published today.
She said: "The report shows that we need to make sure vulnerable children remain safe.
"Savile was abusing for decades and got away with it, we must make sure this doesn't happen again."
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Savile has been described as Britain's worst ever sex offender, carrying out 450 attacks on children as young as eight over six decades.
The disgraced Jim'll Fix It presenter, who died in October 2011 aged 84, raped 34 people - 26 women and eight men - and sexually attacked 18 girls and 10 boys under the age of 10 during a 54-year catalogue of abuse.
Of those abused, 328 victims were children when they were abused, with 14 attacks taking place in schools.
Savile carried out 57 attacks in 13 hospitals and a hospice and even used the last ever recording of Top of the Pops in 2006 to abuse a member of the audience, an official report by Scotland Yard and the NSPCC said today.
Commander Peter Spindler, who is leading the national investigation into Savile's abuse, said: "Savile's offending footprint was vast, predatory and opportunistic.
"He cannot face justice today, but we hope this report gives some comfort to his hundreds of victims. They have been listened to and taken seriously."
Ms Rantzen, who founded ChildLine, also spoke at the "positive solutions in local care" event of her feelings of loneliness and how it inspired her to launch her latest project, The Silver Line, a telephone helpline aimed at older people experiencing the same emotions.