Corrie star ‘very sorry’ over child abuse comments
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Coronation Street star Bill Roache said he was “very sorry” over his controversial comments on the victims of paedophiles which seemed to suggest they were being punished for past sins.
By David Wilcock
Roache, 80, who has played Ken Barlow in the soap for more than 50 years, had told New Zealand’s One News that the public should not be judgmental but be “totally forgiving” of people who have committed child sex crimes.
In a statement, the actor said: “I would like to say that I am very sorry for any offence that has been caused as a result of my comments.
“I would never say that victims of sexual offences are in any way responsible for the abuse they have suffered and I offer my deepest apologies if anything I have said has been misunderstood in this way.
“I had no intention of causing any kind of distress as a result of my interview and I offer my utmost sympathies to anyone affected by sexual offences and paedophilia.”
His comments drew stinging criticism from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, (Napac), which called them an insult to abuse victims.
Roache caused outrage with the interview in which the furore around the Jimmy Savile sex abuse revelations were discussed.
DJ Savile has now been exposed as one of Britain’s most prolific paedophiles who may have abused hundreds of children.
Roache said in the interview: “If you accept that you are pure love, and if you know that you are pure love and therefore live that pure love, these things won’t happen to you.”
Interviewer Garth Bray commented: “To some people that sounds perhaps like you’re saying victims bring things on themselves — is that what you’re saying?”
Roache replied: “No, not quite, but and yet I am, because everything that happens to us has been a result of what we have been in previous lives or whatever.”
Roache went on to call for anonymity for all those accused of child sex offences because of the stigma they faced even if innocent.
Dr Jon Bird, from Napac, condemned Roache’s “hippy-dippy” spiritualist beliefs, saying child sex abuse left people with horrific physical and mental scars.
The NSPCC described the actor’s original comments as “bizarre”.
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