Grimsby woman 'abused by disgusting Jimmy Savile'
A SECOND local woman has come forward as a victim of TV star Jimmy Savile.
The Grimsby woman was a patient at Broadmoor when the disgraced presenter, who died a year ago, had "free rein" of the notorious hospital.
She has opted to remain anonymous as very few people know about her past, and she has spent the last three decades rebuilding her life.
She told the Grimsby Telegraph how she was sent to Broadmoor during the 1970s after being convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
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She spent 13 years there, where she claims to have been inappropriately touched by Savile. She is the second local person to come forward since the scandal broke – which yesterday saw Gary Glitter arrested and released on bail as part of the ongoing police inquiry.
As reported, an anonymous woman from Cleethorpes called for a thorough and comprehensive investigation after telling how she was also "inappropriately touched" by the star at a cheque presentation.
The second local victim, now 59, spoke of the DJ and presenter's "free rein" in the hospital, and her own harrowing experience.
"It is very hard to admit to yourself what happened. To say 'I was abused' takes a long time. He was a disgusting man," she said.
"Jimmy would often visit six or seven times a month and sometimes he would bring celebrity friends.
"He would be very friendly with the girls, to someone looking in it might look like nothing.
"He would regularly kiss the girls, it was all seen as being normal, no one said it was wrong.
"You didn't question it, you just accepted it."
She claimed staff would often leave him alone with the girls.
"They would go outside for a smoke and he would be left alone with them.
"Jimmy had a group of girls known as his special friends who he paid particular attention to.
"He would sit with them, hold their hands, have his arm round them and he would kiss them.
She said that not long after she first arrived, Jimmy approached her, putting his arm around her. He began to touch her in intimate places before she moved away.
She said: "I froze, it didn't feel right, I didn't want him to touch me. He tried to be nice and friendly, he said he was just being friendly, but you don't hold someone like that if you are being friendly.
"He tried to go further, he wanted to move his hand but I resisted."
She claims that after the incident she reported it to the nurse in charge.
"She said I was making it up and that I was having bizarre thoughts.
"They put me in solitary for six months for reporting Jimmy Savile for what he did to me.
"I was in there for six months. Six months to let me know I should shut up.
"When I was in there he came to my door and looked through the slit and showed me he had keys. He let me know he could go anywhere he pleased."
She alleged: "I think because I reported him, I was marked by the staff, I didn't get the same freedoms as some of his special friends.
"Some of the staff maybe didn't know what was going on but I think many did. Maybe they were concerned for their jobs if they were to speak out.
"The nurses used to run the hospital, you never saw doctors, maybe they were star struck by Jimmy and his friends and would let things go unnoticed.
"Jimmy would go on to the secure block, the doors locked down there and no one would hear your screams because everybody screamed and shouted down there."
She claims that Jimmy would also watch the girls bathe.
"Jimmy knew what he was doing, he was taking advantage of very vulnerable young girls who had no rights and couldn't speak out," she said.
A spokesperson for the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, which has managed Broadmoor since 2001, said: "We can confirm that we are assisting the police with their enquiries into the allegations relating to Jimmy Savile and will co-operate fully in any ongoing investigations.
"These allegations relate to a time when Broadmoor was a separate, somewhat isolated organisation, not part of a wider NHS Trust.
"The hospital became more integrated into the wider NHS when it became part of West London Mental Health NHS Trust in 2001 and a different working culture was introduced. Procedures and protocols, notably security arrangements, have changed significantly in the past decade to reflect that different culture.
"The monitoring of patients and their interaction with both staff and volunteers is undertaken as a routine to ensure inappropriate behaviour does not happen.
"In today's Broadmoor Hospital, volunteer access and activity in the hospital is strictly controlled and monitored. Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) and character reference checks are carried out for everyone who we recruit to volunteer in the Hospital.
"We operate within strict child and adult safeguarding guidelines and work closely with our local authority colleagues on this."