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Sexual harassment, videos & cover-ups! Is this the new VI culture?

- Is male on male sexual harassment being swept under the rug as victims are too afraid or embarrassed to come forward?
The Virgin Islands seems to be no different from the developed world, when coming to sexual harassment in the work place, homosexuality and having some of these acts captured on videos. However, it appears that we do a better job of covering them up. Photo: Internet Source
Government officials, from Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (left) to the Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald, continue to deny that they have any knowledge of any sexual assault against a civil servant. Photo: VINO/File
Government officials, from Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (left) to the Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald, continue to deny that they have any knowledge of any sexual assault against a civil servant. Photo: VINO/File
A sexual video surfaced in October on the Facebook page of well known social network activist and BVI Health Services Authority employee Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton. The video appears to be showing a young female performing a sexual act on a man at a business place on the eastern end of the main island of Tortola. It has been reported that Mr Pemberton was arrested over the tape and awaits a court date for alleged Obscene Publication. Photo: Facebook
A sexual video surfaced in October on the Facebook page of well known social network activist and BVI Health Services Authority employee Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton. The video appears to be showing a young female performing a sexual act on a man at a business place on the eastern end of the main island of Tortola. It has been reported that Mr Pemberton was arrested over the tape and awaits a court date for alleged Obscene Publication. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands seems to be no different from the developed world, when coming to sexual harassment in the work place, homosexuality and having some of these acts captured on videos. However, it appears that we do a better job of covering them up.

Long on rumours, short on facts?

It was in 2013 that this news site first reported about an alleged sexual harassment drama involving a government Minister. When confronted about this, Premier and Leader of Government Business Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith told our news room in April of 2013, “I have not been told by any civil servant that a Minister of Government has assaulted them. Nobody has told me that.”

The unconfirmed reports made to our newsroom by civil servants, other elected officials, and members of the public in 2013 even identified the young lady who was allegedly sexually harassed, the Ministry they claimed she worked in, and even claimed that she was sent overseas to school to keep the matter under the rug.

Government officials, from Premier Smith to the Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald, continue to deny that they have any knowledge of this situation or any sexual assault against a civil servant.

Video of sexual acts

It seems like the Virgin Islands culture is becoming more liberal. A few months ago our newsroom was sent a copy of a video in what appears to be a female public figure having a good time on a boat. The female seems to be licking whip cream from the body of another female adult, however, this news site will not engage in either publishing or trying to identify the public figure, as it appears that it was two consenting adults.

Another sexual video surfaced last month on the Facebook page of well known social network activist and BVI Health Services Authority employee Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton. The video appears to be showing a young female performing a sexual act on a man at a business place on the eastern end of the main island of Tortola.

It has been reported that Mr Pemberton was arrested over the tape and awaits a court date for alleged Obscene Publication.

Since then another video clip with explicit sexual acts at what appears to be a local house party also made its rounds on social network. Once received, our news site decided to delete it from our records as the identity of the sender seems not to be authentic.

Homosexual acts; young boys allegedly being harassed

In what also seems to be a taboo in the Virgin Islands, however, leading up to the 2015 general elections a young man approached our newsroom claiming that sexual advances and promises had been made towards him in exchange for money.

He claimed to have been offered trips overseas, money for school and other gifts in exchange for sexual encounters with the male public figure.

The news site requested that the young man take the matter to the police or the Social Development Department as he was making some serious claims against a respected person in the community, however, it remains unclear if he followed through to the police.

While we will continue to be the watch dog on issues, our news site will not be used to go after anyone unless the evidence on such accusations are overwhelmingly compelling and victims are willing to also tell their stories to the police or relevant agencies.

We continue to be told also of many job related sexual harassment incidents in the private sector against both males and females by adult men who are usually supervisors or the bosses.

However, it appears most often the alleged victims are too afraid to take the matter to the police or to their Human Resources Departments, especially if and when it involves male on male sexual harassment.

Church sexual harassment melee

A few months ago our newsroom reported on an alleged sexual encounter between two adults on a recent trip to Africa. Since then the woman, who claims to be the victim, continues to send our newsroom details of the encounter and the name of the church male member involved. We have also found evidence that a blackmail situation might have been part of the whole situation and extortion for money by the African lady could be a part of the saga.

We have also been given information from a church on Tortola about a male pastor accused of sexual harassment against both male and female members of the congregation. The male preacher has since reportedly left the Virgin Islands, as a family member of one of the victims claims that she took the matter to the police and church leaders, however, the church is allegedly trying to cover it up.

Government approach to sexual harassment

Last year the Government Department of Human Resources, in collaboration with the Office of Gender Affairs, hosted workshops to build awareness on sexual harassment and violence in the workplace.

The objective of the sexual harassment workshops, according to Government Human Resources Officials, was for every public officer to be exposed to fundamental workplace polices and creating a work place and work environment that are free from such harassment.

To date, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, the Social Development Department and the Government Human Resources Department are all tight-lipped on reported cases of sexual harassment on the job, as they see this information as confidential.

58 Responses to “Sexual harassment, videos & cover-ups! Is this the new VI culture?”

  • man child (23/11/2015, 08:38) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wat ah ting to tell dey king
  • civil servant (23/11/2015, 09:12) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    That old silver hair lady telling untruths she will know about the young lady as she reported to her
  • ha (23/11/2015, 09:17) Like (35) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vino glad to see that you are taking a stand. If they are willing to provide strong evidence then and only then you can report on these sexual harassement matters. Until every thing is just hear say and you will end up in court for libel and slander.

    I applaud you this one time.
    • fat cat (23/11/2015, 15:03) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hahaha. I check the weight of the jockey, I checked the saddle, I checked the girdle, cuz you no say everything have to be ok.
      During my checks I have found that jockey public figure, seemed to have put on a lot of weight and is now overweight and thus cannot ride the horse....ova an out
  • Alexis James (23/11/2015, 09:21) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply

    If I go and make a report on my boss to the police and tell them that he is harassing me them they self is man so they drag their feet to investigate it especially if the person work in a big job for government they tell you all kind a sh*t like the know what the hell you been through the pain the embarrassment you feel and shame how people start looking at you like you the one that did something wrong while the perpetrator gets away with everything that's not fair at all then you get fired from your job have a family to feed how in god eyes any of this is right family hates you so call friends stop talking to you and the public hates you for telling the truth how can this be your fault the law and the government and every one involve needs to do better or have compassion on the victims and not on the one who commits these awful crimes and thinks they can and will not pay it's just NOT RIGHT STAND UP AND SAY No NO to SEXUAL HARRASMENT.

    • candasa (23/11/2015, 10:03) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      WILL YOU PEOPLE IN THE bvi STOP BURRY YOUR HEAD AND STOP PRETENDING YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHING ALLF US WELL WHAT DOES HAPPEN HERE BUT WE TO DAMN AFTRAID TO TAKE ASTANT IN WHAT WE BELIEVED I DON'T KNOW FROM WHEN WE COME SO HEARTLESS WE USE TO CARE IF ONE SUFFERS WE ALL SUFFERS BUT WE BECAME TOO COMPLACEMENT AND SAY WELL IT AIN'T HAPPEN TO ME WELL IF WE WAIT TILL IT HAPPENS TO US WE REALY ARE A SAD PEOPLE THEN WE STILL WANT TO SAY THAT WE ARE A CHRISTAN COMMUNITY if we are a christen community then we will stand up for what's right.
  • Juicy Tea (23/11/2015, 09:29) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    I recommend a glass of wine while reading this article. It's quite assuming. I didn't know the BVI had things like that going on lol. More details please /sips wine
  • Voter Too (23/11/2015, 09:39) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    This seems to be the order of the day, everyday. Persons are even following politicians into their hotels rooms and taping their sexual encounters. I know for sure most of this is in the form of blackmail activities. We need as individuals to live closer to God and ask him to direct our ways, our thinking and our actions and to steer us far away from evil and from all inappropiate sexual behaviours.
    • I want a ball head man (23/11/2015, 15:08) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      good piece VINO but me smell the rat. leading up to the 2015 elections I could guess who that male was
  • WOWZ (23/11/2015, 10:10) Like (14) Dislike (54) Reply
    not only sexual harassment, but sexual discrimination against gays,bisexuals, lesbians and expecially homosexual males.
  • call names (23/11/2015, 10:10) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    VINO too is covering up...LOL
    • @ call names (23/11/2015, 15:45) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
      they must call names to get sue? If the baddy boy them refushed to go to the police why should vino be the police?
      • school children (28/11/2015, 09:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Every body know who the two public figures are and who man in high places like man
  • wize up (23/11/2015, 10:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    ladies, gentlemen and my fellow subjects of the queen: welcome to 2015(the cyber world).... how sweet it is!!!!!
  • victims are victimized (23/11/2015, 10:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a game where the culprits get more fame and glory.
  • sweep it under the rug (23/11/2015, 10:17) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    That is the norm in the BVI---Corruption in high places.
  • No wonder (23/11/2015, 10:19) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP were so concerned about the uses of drones?
  • most ministers including jrs (23/11/2015, 10:21) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now i don't want to call any names but who the cap fit let them wear it.
    • Xxx (24/11/2015, 07:40) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      But who are the jr ministers? why the ndp or doc does not name them?
  • RUBY (23/11/2015, 10:25) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vino this has been going on for years what about the person who went off island to harassed a student because they help the person to get a scholar ship those two person should take their head out of the sand and face what is going on right under their nose.
  • one eye (23/11/2015, 10:46) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino i fraid ayo
  • weed (23/11/2015, 11:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Male on male its a hand full and we know who they are!
  • the guy (23/11/2015, 13:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I will turn a blind to it all once its not me.. This bin going on for years
  • LOL (23/11/2015, 13:26) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Who to blame NDP OR VIP?
  • FB fag (23/11/2015, 14:13) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    Yea that one does be drinking on his tea until 4 am up at the place with the yachts so go sip on that!
  • Anonymous (23/11/2015, 14:34) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    some of deeds male anti men in power running scared , lol lol.
  • ta ta (23/11/2015, 15:04) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    tis ting is leagal but We nuh deh pon dat
  • Just Curious (23/11/2015, 15:10) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    but I thought we are a Christian society!! are you all sure some of these things happen in the BVI?
  • ForbiddenTruth (23/11/2015, 15:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blame self and try to change your deformed life.
  • Shhhh (23/11/2015, 15:26) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Between you & I there seems to be a video floating out there with a tall bald headed official on a trip abroad. I don't know if what he was doing is under this topic or not but it out there. Remember that this is between you and I. So Shhh.
  • usa (23/11/2015, 15:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Live free and die
  • drummer (23/11/2015, 17:02) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lots of female lesbian too
  • Hmm (23/11/2015, 17:03) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    That's why I don't go to certain places and a lot of people will never be invited to my parties. Why the hell you sharing video and pics from a private house party? Even in the damn strip club they're taking pics. I don't mind when people call me stuck up,let me stay so, keep my circle the same...no intruders.
  • Remember (23/11/2015, 17:35) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Remember the heavy guy up by the money who has this as a prerequisite to get a job or to get a promotion or he transfers you or have you fired but because of his connections he can't be touched but he touching others.
  • Tall boy (23/11/2015, 18:20) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    These young boys get money and trips and schalarships so they should not kiss and tell
  • Lily Ann (23/11/2015, 21:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everybody in heat LOLOLOLOL ......
  • G-unit (23/11/2015, 22:06) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    heat is joke man dem like
  • FIRE (23/11/2015, 22:28) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Roman Church to blame.. Rasta say more fire.
  • Tisk Tisk (24/11/2015, 08:19) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI has always had this so what's new? NEXT!
  • teacher john (24/11/2015, 16:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    As i said before, decorum , decency ,and honor gone to FARTE !!!
  • @masa (24/11/2015, 23:49) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    masa should not get in trouble for exposing the truth... y they don't lock up all the others people who share s;it on facebook
  • q tips (25/11/2015, 19:35) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Indeed!
    Bring the light and knowledge to the issue. Expose the weaknesses, find the faults. Only then can corrections be made.
    Good story!
    One Love!
  • fox (29/11/2015, 12:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Definitely a "sick puppy" and hardly the "Christian nation
  • AC360 (30/11/2015, 15:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the biggest botty boy is u all know who stop keeping it lock


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