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NSPCC see huge rise in calls following Savile abuse claims

Report & Video by Simon Parker

Britain's biggest children's charity, the NSPCC, have described Jimmy Savile as one of the most prolific sex offenders in the 129-year history of the organisation following the release of a report into sexual abuse claims spanning six decades.

Peter Watt of the NSPCC said the charity were "shocked by the sheer scale" of Savile's offences, however said that the publicity surrounding the case has triggered a surge in abuse victims to come forward, in unrelated cases.

Five thousand calls were taken by the charity's helpline in October 2012 alone.

Mr Watt said nearly 800 additional children have been protected from abuse due to the attention given to the allegations against Savile.

He said: "We also know from the huge increase in calls to the NSPCC helpline about sexual abuse that the problem did not die with Savile.

"Since the Savile scandal broke we have seen a surge in contacts about child abuse, both past and present, with many victims speaking out for the first time."

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