Sadly Savile will never be found guilty of any crime and so in death must be classed as 'innocent'. However, such is the extent of the abuse and evidence there is no doubt of guilt. There may be the odd false flag in there but the evidence shows guilt, although that will never be shown in a court of law.
Savile was a predator and paedophile and the fact that was not 'revealed' until after his death is shameful. We now know that there were plenty of allegations made against him during his life but they were never fully investigated by police. No charges were ever made.
Operation Yewtree, launched following Savile's death, is slowly but surely bringing other celebrity abusers to justice.
The 60s was a very different era but that does not excuse the behaviour of abusers. It may in some way explain why some sexual abuse cases were buried or not reported.
For a young woman in the 60s accusing a famous personality of sexual abuse would have been daring. The accuser would not have received anonymity and every aspect of her sex-life would have been scrutinised. Ultimately she could have almost been the person on trial. Little wonder then that some victims chose to keep the abuse secret.
Why some victims waited more than 40 years to report the abuse is baffling but they will have their reasons.
Not all abuse though is historical. As the trials of celebrities accused of abuse continue we are learning that some have allegedly continued their cycle of abuse.
Part one: Survivors of historical sex abuse need justice