Bermuda: Public sex offenders list on agenda

Both political parties have come together in support of a committee to investigate how the Island should deal with sex offenders.

The motion, moved during Friday’s session of Parliament by the PLP’s Zane DeSilva and amended by OBA backbencher Mark Pettingill, would create a joint select committee to examine existing legislation surrounding the sex offenders registry, and other matters related to convicted sex offenders. Full Article

Related posts

Notify of
We welcome a lively discussion with all view points - keeping in mind...  
  1. Your submission will be reviewed by one of our volunteer moderators. Moderating decisions may be subjective.
  2. Please keep the tone of your comment civil and courteous. This is a public forum.
  3. Swear words should be starred out such as f*k and s*t
  4. Please stay on topic - both in terms of the organization in general and this post in particular.
  5. Please refrain from general political statements in (dis)favor of one of the major parties or their representatives.
  6. Please take personal conversations off this forum.
  7. We will not publish any comments advocating for violent or any illegal action.
  8. We cannot connect participants privately - feel free to leave your contact info here. You may want to create a new / free, readily available email address.
  9. Please refrain from copying and pasting repetitive and lengthy amounts of text.
  10. Please do not post in all Caps.
  11. If you wish to link to a serious and relevant media article, legitimate advocacy group or other pertinent web site / document, please provide the full link. No abbreviated / obfuscated links.
  12. We suggest to compose lengthy comments in a desktop text editor and copy and paste them into the comment form
  13. We will not publish any posts containing any names not mentioned in the original article.
  14. Please choose a short user name that does not contain links to other web sites or identify real people
  15. Please do not solicit funds
  16. If you use any abbreviation such as Failure To Register (FTR), or any others, the first time you use it please expand it for new people to better understand.
  17. All commenters are required to provide a real email address where we can contact them.  It will not be displayed on the site.
  18. Please send any input regarding moderation or other website issues via email to moderator [at] all4consolaws [dot] org
ACSOL, including but not limited to its board members and agents, does not provide legal advice on this website.  In addition, ACSOL warns that those who provide comments on this website may or may not be legal professionals on whose advice one can reasonably rely.  

1 Comment
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Lauren Book-Lim’s involvement in trying to create a registry in Barbados makes me wonder if she’s also involved in Bermuda’s Zane DeSilva and backbencher Mark Pettingill acting like these are their original ideas and if these guys are getting some quid pro quo payoff to do it. Remember it was Book-Lim’s father who created the Julia Tuttle Causeway insanity in Florida and a lot of other insanity in Florida with regard to registrants. Or maybe some others with a personal vendetta against registrants, with money for bribes, are involvfed to get this done. But, who knows.

Even if that is the case, Pettingill’s logic makes some leaps. First of all, he says he got a call from a man whose daughter was molested and Pettingill talked him out of attacking this man. Understandably, a father would be upset if this happened to his daughter. But then, Pettingill, appears to shift the people he is talking about from the father of a victim going after the perpetrator of his daughter to all people who feel this way, meaning all people who want to kill sex offenders, regardless of if the sex offenders had a real victim, or if they know the sex offender or the victim personally. Pettingill thinks these people are loving, sensitive, rational people.
To me, it sounds like he is validating vigilantism against registrants with victimless crimes and all registrants, and using his personal experience with the father of a victim of molestation to justify violence against non-molesting registrants. To make this point more clear, imagine if Pettingill got a call from a father whose daughter was killed in a DUI. Again, understandably, the father would be furious and maybe want to attack the DUI perp. But would Pettingill consider vigilantes who want to attack DUI perpetrators they did not know but could locate if there was a registry of these people
caring, loving, sensitive and rational? Even if they were arrested for DUI and did not hurt anyone?

Pettingill gets it correct that molestations are done by friends, family, aquaintenances. But, he doesn’t seem to differentiate between non-registrant friends, family and aquaintenances , and registrants who have a extremely low re-offense rate.
Pettingill is taking his eye off the ball. 19 out of 20 sex crimes are done by non-registrants, mostly friends, family, aquaintenances. Not registrant friends, family, aquaintences. Pettingill uses U.S statistics on how many people were molested as children. Is he that out of it to also not take note of the failures of these systems in the U.S, such as the counter-productiveness of it?