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2021-01-09 - 13:13:48  COMMUNITY | 

Debbie Ray-Rivers Discusses Background Checks on Child Sex Offenders

Debi Ray Rivers, Executive Director of the Saving Children and Revealing Secrets (SCARS) charity, has expressed more concerns surrounding the release of a child sex offender from Westgate Correctional Facility on Thursday, December 24.

Ms.Ray Rivers’s main concerns are if the person who was released will show up on background checks and if youth-focused community organizations and charities will be required to do a background check on this person.

“There is a whole list of things that youth-serving organizations are mandated to do,” she said. “If we do not do anything, someone like [the released sex offender] could go and work for one of those organizations without there being a [previous] safety check.”

Ms. Ray Rivers reiterates that, while unwanted sexual activity of any kind and at any age is wrong, SCARS’ focus is only on the prevention of child sexual abuse within Bermuda.

“SCARS’ mandate is to specifically advocate for the protection of children,” she said.

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