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BBC to make film about child sex abuse survivors following Savile revelations

The documentary will give a voice to those affected by child sexual abuse over the last 50 years.

Jimmy Savile
Jimmy Savile
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BBC ONE HAS commissioned a feature length documentary about child sex abuse survivors whose stories came to light in the wake of Operation Yewtree.

The investigations has resulted in the imprisonment of some high profile people such as Gary Glitter, David Lee Travis, Max Clifford and Rolf Harris.

The investigation was sparked after revelations from hundreds of victims of the late Jimmy Savile.

‘Abused: The Untold Story’ is made by award-winning director Olly Lambert by Minnow Films for BBC One.

Impact on lives of survivors

The 90-minute documentary will give a voice to those individuals who have been affected by child sexual abuse over the last 50 years, and uncovers the long-term impact it has had on the rest of their lives.

The BBC said the programme will examine the cultural impact of these events and explain how they marked a real shift in our understanding of child sexual abuse.

The film will feature exclusive interviews with many individuals who will reveal their deeply personal stories for the very first time, including their families and the professionals who have supported the survivors in coming forward as part of Operation Yewtree.

The film also explores how and why the crimes were allowed to happen and continue for so long.

Watershed moment

Director Olly Lambert said the revelations about Savile and the launch of operation Yewtree marked a watershed moment in the cultural understanding of child sexual abuse.

What is now being revealed is not just the shocking events themselves, but the extraordinary and complex ways in which they have shaped entire lives.

“Hopefully the film will help remove some of the stigma around talking about abuse and might help give confidence to other victims who’ve remained silent until now,” said executive producer Colin Barr.

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