Make upskirt photos illegal!
  • Petitioning The State Of Massachusetts

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The State Of Massachusetts
Majority Leader, Massachusetts State Senate
Stanley C. Rosenberg
President of the Mass. State Senate
Therese Murray
Majority Leader, Massachusetts State House of Representatives
Ronald Mariano
Massachusetts-020
State Sen. Bruce Tarr
Massachusetts-079
State Rep. Bradley Jones
Massachusetts-142
State Rep. Robert DeLeo

Make upskirt photos illegal!

    1. Petition by

      Rebecca Hains & Lori Day

As women who take public transportation in Massachusetts, we were appalled to learn that upskirting -- the practice of taking pictures up women's skirts and dresses without their consent -- is legal because there is no law specifically preventing it. We're calling on the Massachusetts legislature to immediately pass a law that explicitly states upskirting is a punishable crime.
 
Upskirt photos are a gross violation of privacy but the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that, as state law currently stands, women wearing skirts in public are not protected from this violation and people who take the photos cannot be punished. 
 
This decision came about in March 2014, when our state's highest court ruled on the case of a man who secretly snapped photographs up women's skirts and dresses on public transit in 2010. The court argued that because of the way Massachusetts' Peeping Tom law is written, the man in question did not break the law, because women do not have a reasonable assumption to privacy on public transit. The court itself suggested in the ruling that the law be rewritten to remove this loophole. 
 
We are calling for the Massachusetts legislature to rewrite the current law as quickly as possible. Other states including New York and Florida have explicit laws criminalizing public upskirting; Massachusetts needs to correct this oversight quickly.

Please sign this petition to show that you support making surreptitious upskirt photos illegal throughout Massachusetts, whether or not they are taken in public places.  

 

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This petition was launched by Rebecca Hains, associate professor at Salem State University, and Lori Day, a psychologist and educational consultant. Hains and Day are members of the Brave Girls Alliance, a global think tank and consulting group of girl empowerment experts who advocate for healthier media and products for girls.

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    • elizabeth meehan SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 3 months ago

      Invasion of privacy, a mechanism for sex offenders to abuse women.

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    • Debbie Thrush SULTAN, WA
      • 3 months ago

      Isn't invasion of privacy already a law? This should be illegal.

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    • Caleb Awalt ROCKY MOUNT, VA
      • 4 months ago

      If these boys who are taking these photos are that desperate for a raunchy photo, then that's what they are. Boys. Children, with no respect for woman.

      Make it illegal! Put creeps like this behind bars!

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    • warren hetzler NEPTUNE, NJ
      • 4 months ago

      That's just wrong and hurtful to the person its being done to and harassment!!!!! Just gross for someone to wanna do that.

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    • gary h rideout TORONTO, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      privacy issues

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