We were all appalled enough by Jimmy Savile and his five-decade rampage abusing women and under-age children
By Melanie Phillips
Truly, it seems that scarcely a day now passes without our being informed of yet another celebrity accused of sexual depravity.
We were all appalled enough by Jimmy Savile and his five-decade rampage abusing women and under-age children (horrifyingly, we now learn he may have sexually assaulted four five-year-olds).
Since then, a steady stream of male celebrities has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences including comic Jim Davidson, DJ Dave Lee Travis, publicist Max Clifford, entertainers Jimmy Tarbuck and Rolf Harris, Coronation Street actor William Roache and the former BBC compere Stuart Hall.
Nor is that all.
Claims of groping by the Lib Dem grandee Lord Rennard seemed to raise the floodgates on a deluge of stories of sexual harassment of women in the workplace.
The House of Commons Deputy Speaker and Conservative MP Nigel Evans has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault against two men.
Eddie Shah, founder of the now defunct Today newspaper, is facing trial on six counts of rape in the Nineties against a girl aged between 13 and 15.
A new book claims that two senior male staff on the BBC children’s show Doctor Who sexually preyed on young male fans during the Eighties. All this against the backdrop of a number of horrific trials of men accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing children.
Of course, we don’t know whether all these accusations are true. In law, after all, everyone is presumed innocent until they are proven guilty.
And there are also grounds for unease about the way some police have been going about all this, with arrests conducted in the most high-profile manner.