Posted 05 October 2012 - 09:57 AM
The extract from Saville's autobiography and his comments about Gary Glitter, are pretty damning, in terms of the attitudes to young girls, with the seeming complete absence of empathy and the lack of any moral perspective. In themselves they don't prove anything concerning the alleged offences, but they are the characteristic attitudes of many sex offenders. Of course, it is the kind of information that would be used in a trial, if he was alive and subject to prosecution, to illustrate his attitudes to girls and sex. It is striking that in both extracts there is no consideration of any harm to the young people.
A lot of sex offenders use a power position to commit their crimes, be that a position in society, and/or physical power, and if the information that has emerged about his acts are true, as the extract from the autobiography indicates they may well be, Saville appears to have been well versed in using his power and status.
The attention given to this, the investigations of grooming, exploitation and sexual crimes involving minors and resulting prosecutions, partly evidence the greater understanding of the abuse of minors and also that some societal attitudes have changed. Things will no doubt continue to change, for example in the attitudes to the rape of adults and the prosecution of perpetrators.
There seem to have been implicit and explicit attitudes towards sex with minors among some people in the entertainment industry that many of us would consider repellent, eg in the activities of Saville, G Glitter, Jonathon King, Bill Wyman, members of Led Zeppelin, Roman Polanski....
It wouldn't be a surprise if there is a short lived media trend to investigate allegations of sexual assaults etc by people in the entertainment industry, and other powerful figures.