More charges have been laid against Rolf Harris

Disgraced former entertainer Rolf Harris will be charged with another seven accounts of indecent assault, the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service
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Disgraced former entertainer Rolf Harris will be charged with another seven accounts of indecent assault, the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service announced overnight.

Crown Prosecution said it had “carefully considered” evidence available, and had authorised police to charge Mr Harris. The 85-year-old will appear in court again on March 17th.

The latest alleged incidents date from 1971 through to 2004, and reportedly occurred against girls and women aged 12 – 27 years.

“We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Harris to be charged with seven counts of indecent assault”, the Crown Prosecution added.

Rolf Harris is currently serving a six-year sentenceĀ for similar charges, but recently angered assaultĀ support groups by writing derogatory songs about his former victims from jail.

Are you troubled by this latest string of charges? Can you imagine how Harris’s other victims must be feeling?

  1. I always wonder why victims take so long to come forward with their claims. If these claims had been addressed at the time they were committed perhaps other victims could have been spared.

    • Dawn, lots of research and writing on this subject. It is not as clear cut as many would like to think. There are many reasons for the delays.

    • I agree with that, by coming forward these woman could have saved others, I am thinking maybe fear stopped them?

    • If these claims had been made at the time they would have been dismissed. Many complaints were made years ago but the “big star” always got away with it. It is only now that the general public are forcing judges to actually acknowledge that these crimes against young children did in fact occur. So more of the victims are now game enough to come forward.

      • Robyn McCarthy  

        Well said Ruth Hourigan & so telling it like it was – not only if it was a “star” abusing or a so called “respected” family friend. It’s been a long time coming for these victims to be heard & acknowledged.

  2. I always wonder why victims take so long to come forward with their claims. If these claims had been addressed at the time they were committed perhaps other victims could have been spared.

    • Dawn, lots of research and writing on this subject. It is not as clear cut as many would like to think. There are many reasons for the delays.

    • I agree with that, by coming forward these woman could have saved others, I am thinking maybe fear stopped them?

    • If these claims had been made at the time they would have been dismissed. Many complaints were made years ago but the “big star” always got away with it. It is only now that the general public are forcing judges to actually acknowledge that these crimes against young children did in fact occur. So more of the victims are now game enough to come forward.

    • So true. Much more is understood now about sexual assault and the reasons victims kept/or were told to keep quiet. Hard enough for them now to accuse “the famous” let alone so long ago. Better later than never though.

    • Police went about interviewing victims in a very confrontational manner. Often several men stood about while a rape or sexual assault victim was asked to talk about what happened. Many walked away unable to continue the process of trying to get justice due to the lack of sympathy and humiliation they felt at trying to describe what happened in front of men.

    • Do you know just how much courage would be needed to come forward against a well known, much loved entertainer? Perhaps these latest ones are the ones who only just now can do it.

    • I think too, it takes the courage of one person to come forward before the rest are brave enough to follow.

    • As much as I despise violence of any kind and anything untoward against children, I still cannot fathom why there have not been any charges regarding concealing a crime. We cannot and should not be able to choose which crimes we want prosecuted irrespective of who the person is or how much money they have. Concealing a crime is a crime. I am against crime of ALL kinds!

    • I think some women tried to speak up but weren’t believed , maybe they tried to tell a teacher , a parent , a friend , and were told don’t make things up , this is a famous man , he wouldn’t do this , your just saying this for attention , your a little liar !!!! When you hear these sort of words , you shut down , and keep silent . Jimmy Saville got away with it for years , best friends with Prince Charles , people in high places are protected , no one believes a lone voice until other voices speak up .

    • As what has happened in religious sector, victims have come forward but they were ignored or not believed..

    • Judy, in my case I was told by the doctors I went for help that if I said anything outside the surgery I would be jailed for lying. This was in the 1950’s and it appears that little has changed. When you are a teenager you are terrified.

    • My view entirely none of these victims were very young they were all old enough to have been able to make a complaint.

    • Jean Prince omg! This is such a disgrace. I’m so sad for you and others who were put in this situation. The people who had the power to help let you down. Justice will prevail in the end. My thoughts are with you.

    • Look what is going on with Cosby ! The ones with Harris were kids and being such a big name they scared they won’t be believed !

    • People feel ashamed even though it isn’t their fault and think they wont be heard, especially as he was so liked

    • Even when the perpetrator is not a famous person, claims are not believed…..my husband’s cousin tried to assault me on several occasions (in the late 1970’s). Every time I told my husband, he just laughed, and told me I was imagining things!

    • I cant understand why they take 30/40 years to make a complaint……..Even though I dont like Rolf Harris………..their are many actors being accused these days.???

    • They are mostly older men who have a lot of money and some people feel that a lot of these women are after the money. I don’t believe so, but listening to some around the place they are saying with the older women doing this that they were stage door brats and now want their share of the money. Maybe so maybe not.

    • We just have to look at George Pell to see why it is so hard for victims.Money breeds arrogance, power, lack of empathy.

    • If women had come forward in those days they would have been made to feel the perpetrators instead of the victims

    • I’m surprised by some of these comments, from women as well. Everyone deals with fear, shame and I’m guessing anxiety and depression in different ways. I thought women would have a little more empathy for these victims.

    • Julie Garton My thoughts exactly. BUT I think some women have been abused and it cannot but colour their perception of what is right or wrong. It takes immense courage to stand up & be ready for these negative comments from the public questioning their motives. Is it any wonder it has taken so long to come forward? AT least they ARE being listened to now.
      We were all lied to by the likes of Rolf Harris, Bill Cosby, Jimmy Savill as they would have been believed over the likes of these ‘stars’ by the police or head of studio as they were making BIG money for everyone.
      Also times back then were VERY different as there was a perception by men if you were there you were as much to blame or worse still provoked them so you were betrayed many times over. They have all had to live with this for decades so if he has nothing left then so what? He deserves to rot in jail. Predator……

    • Janice D’Ambra I am so sorry that you had to go through that (and hope you are not still with that husband) as you should have had his support not derision.

  3. Don’t know why I should be troubled. He’s the one who is indeed troubled!

  4. Don’t know why I should be troubled. He’s the one who is indeed troubled!

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