The crime statistics released yesterday [Aug 7] revealed that reported sexual assaults in the second quarter of 2012 have increased from the first quarter. There were nine in the second quarter as compared to four in the first quarter.
The statistics — which cover a three month period from 1 April 2012 to 30 June 2012 — also report that five people were arrested for sexual assault during that time period. The crime statistics also indicate that the overall crime rate has decreased 10%, and firearm incidents have also decreased.
There have been calls from the community for a sex offender register, however Attorney General Kim Wilson said that Bermuda’s laws — which are modeled on UK law — do not allow for the establishment of an American style sex offender register.
However a Facebook page called “Bermuda Pedos” was recently launched designed to warn people, especially parents, of the identity of convicted sex offenders. As of this writing, almost 600 people have joined the page.
The page’s description said: ”Since we have yet to have a sex offenders registry in Bermuda, our goal is that this page will serve as guide to all those that feel the necessity to have such a registry and to facilitate and provide a public awareness of all individuals whom have been ‘convicted’ of these deviant acts.”
The full crime statistics can be read here [PDF]
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