What message are we sending to other sex addicts?

News  |  December 16, 2020

I have the utmost respect for our lawyers and judges. Some of the brightest and wisest minds sit on the bench. What is baffling to me is the lack of knowledge for some when it comes to the minds of child sex offenders. Or is it that they must use past cases — that could have been argued without real facts — to determine present judgments? Those who are sexually attracted to children and ac... Read more

Child advocates condemn court decision on child pornography case

News, Uncategorized  |  December 16, 2020

wo children’s advocates have condemned a suspended sentence handed down in the Supreme Court to a man who admitted accessing thousands of items of child pornography. Wong Li Shan, 43, was spared prison last week with a ten-month suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to three counts of accessing child pornography, including images, videos and written material, as far back as 20... Read more

Man sentenced for sex offences has conviction quashed due to trial delays

News  |  November 23, 2020

A man jailed for three years for a string of sex offences against a schoolgirl has had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal. Kenneth Williams was found guilty of offences against a child under the age of 14 last year. But lawyers asked for the verdict to be overturned and argued that Williams was denied a fair hearing because his trial was plagued by delays and dragged on for almos... Read more

Paddleboarder to attempt 50-mile trip across open ocean

News, Uncategorized  |  October 12, 2020

A paddle boarder is to take on his next feat in a 50-mile trip from an offshore buoy to a bay. Matt Carr plans to make his way from a marker south-southeast of Bermuda back to shore on a stand up board. He said: “I have made it around the island non-stop on three occasions, a distance of 40 miles, which takes about ten hours to complete. “I also raced around Manhattan several years a... Read more

Kayak event will raise cash for Scars

News  |  September 25, 2020

Kayakers will take to the water this weekend to complete a loop of the islands in aid of a child sexual abuse prevention charity. They will be joined by surf skiers and paddleboarders for the fifth annual Kayak For Kids, to raise money and awareness for Saving Children and Revealing Secrets. Jerry Rivers, one of the organisers, said that the 2020 event was expected to include 23 participant... Read more

Social Agencies Welcome New Amendment

News  |  June 25, 2020

The Inter-Agency Committee for Children and Families, the Coalition for the Protection of Children, Family Centre, and SCARS say that they “jointly celebrate the Criminal Code Amendment Act 2020 recently tabled in the Senate by the Attorney General.” Kelly Hunt of the Coalition for the Protection of Children said, “This is a great example of how one brave voice can positively affect change... Read more

Silent epidemic not to be overlooked

News  |  April 30, 2020

As National Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to an end, our hope at Saving Children and Revealing Secrets is that the ramifications of the novel coronavirus will be behind us soon so that our children can come out of isolation. While shelter-in-place may be the safest option for reducing the risk of catching and spreading the virus, sexual abuse does not cease, especially because 90 per cent of... Read more

Child Protection During This Crisis

News  |  April 22, 2020

In celebration of the third week of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we wish to thank all the parents in our community! As a parent with grown children, I applaud what parents are going through during this Coronavirus crisis: balancing work commitments [if you are still employed], staying positive if you have lost your job, juggling with helping your child/children with school work, giving ... Read more

Constant communication with children advised

News  |  April 6, 2020

Parents and guardians were asked to keep talking to children to limit the risk of child sex abuse over the shelter-in-place lockdown. Saving Children and Revealing Secrets warned it feared that isolation procedures created an environment where attacks on minors could be carried out. Debi Ray-Rivers, the charity’s founder and executive director, explained at the weekend: “With April being Nat... Read more

Girl: attack ‘bothered my soul deeply’

News  |  March 7, 2020

A 27-year-old man will spend ten years behind bars for sexual offences against a ten-year-old schoolgirl. William Smith was found guilty of unlawful carnal knowledge, attempted unlawful carnal knowledge and two counts of sexual exploitation of a young person by a person in a position of trust. Acting Puisne Judge Craig Attridge told Smith, from Warwick, he had “traumatised” the girl for his ... Read more

Call for action on sexual grooming

News  |  January 23, 2020

More work has to be done to prevent the “grooming” of children by sex offenders, a charity has warned. Debi Ray-Rivers, the founder of child protection agency Saving Children and Revealing Secrets, said more people needed to be aware of the danger signals that a child was being groomed for sexual abuse. Ms Ray-Rivers said: “The adults in the community have to watch for behaviour from other... Read more

Scars certifies 10,000th child advocate

News, Uncategorized  |  January 20, 2020

A charity dedicated to halting the sexual abuse of children crossed a landmark when it certified its 10,000th child advocate. Debi Ray-Rivers, the founder of Saving Children And Revealing Secrets, said that milestone, achieved on Saturday, reflected progress made on the issue by the Bermuda community. Ms Ray-Rivers said: “It’s a testament to our community, to our people, because we are not a... Read more