SCARS Marks First Year with Fundraising Boost

News  |  November 1, 2012

A double fundraising boost has rounded off the first year of operation for sexual abuse awareness charity SCARS. Saving Children and Revealing Secrets has worked with youth service workers and others to help them identify and properly react to child sexual abuse cases since it was formed in late 2011. Headed by Debi Ray-Rivers and Jon Brunson, the charity marked its one-year anniversary with a t... Read more

Paedophile: Prison officers beat me

News  |  October 25, 2012

A paedophile schoolteacher who sexually molested students is suing Government for almost $500,000, claiming prison officers beat him up and destroyed his parole documents. Erwin Nisbett has been given the green light by a judge to pursue his claims in Supreme Court later this year. Nisbett made further allegations that he had to breathe second-hand cannabis and crack smoke from other inmates, wa... Read more

SCARS Helps Youth Workers Identify Sexual Abuse Cases

News  |  September 22, 2012

Sexual abuse charity SCARS has worked with a dozen youth service workers to help them identify and properly react to child sexual abuse cases. Staff from Child and Family Services, schools, camps and North Village Community Club were trained to be “authorised facilitators”, meaning that they can now pass on training to the staff and volunteers at their organisations, along with the greater co... Read more

Activist Calls for ‘Severe’ Sentences for Sex Abusers

News  |  August 30, 2012

A campaigner has called for stronger laws to encourage child victims of sexual abuse to come forward. Debi Ray-Rivers of Saving Children and Revealing Secrets (SCARS) spoke out after a string of such cases came before the Island’s courts. She said: “In order to help in the prevention of child sexual abuse, victims of this crime must see accountability and consequence properly bestowed upon t... Read more

‘Tougher Child Sex Abuse Laws Needed’

News  |  August 28, 2012

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29: Child sex abuse laws must be strengthened to encourage more victims to come forward, according to the charity Saving Children and Revealing Secrets. The call comes after a string of alleged child abuse cases were brought before the island’s courts. Founder of SCARS Debi Ray-Rivers told the Bermuda Sun: “In order to help in the prevention of child sexual abuse, victims o... Read more

Creator of Sex Offender Facebook Page Has ‘Joined the Battle’, say SCARS

News  |  July 13, 2012

News of a Facebook page identifying Bermuda’s convicted sex offenders drew a swift response from the group SCARS — a charity devoted to combating child sexual abuse. The site, drawn from public information, was created by a local father in response to the absence of a public register of sex offenders. SCARS president Debi-Ray Rivers said the group “applauds the passion” of the site’s c... Read more

Certification Programme Begins in Wake of Child Sex Exploitation Case

News  |  May 15, 2012

Hot on the heels of a high-profile child sexual exploitation case, the Island’s first charity devoted to the issue launched its programme for certification in spotting, preventing and dealing with child sex abuse. “For us, this case is a tragedy,” said Jon Brunson, vice president of SCARS (Saving Children and Revealing Secrets), referring to the recent suspended sentence of Joshua Crockwell... Read more

Women Stitch to Make Point About Child Sex Abuse

News  |  May 13, 2012

A group of women held a 12-hour stitching marathon yesterday to make a point about child sexual abuse. Members of the Bermuda Guild of Stitchery celebrated their 16th anniversary by holding the fundraising event for the charity SCARS (Saving Children and Revealing Secrets). The women collected donations and gathered at their meeting place at the First Baptist Church, Devonshire, from 9am to 9pm.... Read more

Volunteers Spearhead Fight Against Child Abuse

News  |  March 27, 2012

A charity set up to protect children has urged schools and youth clubs to ensure they have effective policies to prevent abuse. SCARS says every establishment that children attend should have a framework of policies aimed at minimizing the risk of child sexual abuse. The charity, which stands for Saving Children and Revealing Secrets, was formed last October by Debi Ray-Rivers and Jon Brunson. ... Read more

New Charity to Tackle Child Sexual Abuse Goes Live

News  |  January 11, 2012

Bermuda’s first charity aimed specifically at child sexual abuse is celebrating its official approval by going live on the Internet and courting supporters at this wek’s Bermuda Marathon Weekend road races. “We are here, we are watching, and we’re going to get the word out,” warned SCARS president and founder Debi-Ray Rivers, who said that sex offenders in Bermuda will be left with “f... Read more