The ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, has of course opened one of the most rotten cans of worms the nation has ever seen as allegations of child sex abuse against household name celebrities – who, like Savile, were at the height of their fame in the sixties and seventies – have come flooding in.
However, Savile’s alleged victims apparently weren’t limited to his young fans as his great niece has claimed that the late presenter abused her on numerous occasions.
Caroline Robinson claims that she was also reviled by her own family after she chose to speak out about the abuse she claims she suffered at Savile’s hands when she was a child.
In an interview with the Daily Star, Caroline said that at one point, she was so upset by the memories of the abuse and the subsequent anger of her family that she felt her only option was to take “a fistful of pills.”
The paper adds, “Caroline, 49, whose late grandmother Marjorie Marsden was Savile’s older sister, also told how Marjorie knew about the abuse but kept quiet because he paid for holidays and a house.”
On Wednesday night during ITV’s follow up film, Exposure Update: The Jimmy Savile Investigation, we’ll hear Caroline talking about her ordeal, and her husband David will also reveal how having her family turn against her prompted her suicide bid.
He said, “I hope these so-called family members feel ashamed of themselves today when they read this for what they have put my wife through.
“It took a hell of a lot of guts to come forward and the least she could have expected was support from those closest to her.
“Two weeks ago I came home from work late and found Caroline laid out on the bed in tears about to take a fistful of anti- depressants, sleeping tablets and sedatives she had grabbed from the medicine cupboard in our bathroom.
“She told me she just wanted to end it all and wished she had never come forward.
“I snatched them out of her hands and flushed them down the toilet.
“Then I just held her in my arms until she fell asleep.
“The following morning Caroline just opened up on how she had been feeling.
“We both just hugged each other and cried.”
“Outwardly she has been putting on a brave face but behind closed doors she has been a mess.
“The reaction from the family has been the thing that has pushed her over the edge.”
He went on to reveal that Caroline’s brother Martin Perry told her, “You are not right in the head.
“You have brought shame on all the Marsdens by lying, there will be a nice long line of people wanting to smack you.
“Never again will I think I have a sister.”
And Jane Perry, Caroline’s sister in law, added, “What a load of b*******”.
Of her ordeal, Caroline said: “My self-esteem is at an all-time low. One part of me wishes I had never said a word and taken my secret to the grave.
“I really wanted to end it all. Now I know why so many victims of abuse remain silent.
“At my lowest point I just wanted to die. If it wasn’t for David I’m not sure I’d be here today.”
In case you missed it, here’s the first Exposure documentary in full…