‘Savile effect’ sends sex crime reports soaring
THE number of sex crimes reported in the north has soared – because of the “Jimmy Savile effect”.
The Highlands and islands’ top police officers said victims were more willing to speak out in the wake of the scandal over the shamed ex-DJ’s decades of preying on children and young women.
It may also have led to allegations of sexual abuse at a former Benedictine monastery in the region. Last year, 127 sex crimes were reported – but this year the total was 167, an increase of 40.
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