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Create a UK Law Making 'Upskirt' Photography Illegal

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It is unfortunate that still in this day and age, many women still do not feel safe to walk streets alone. Many women feel uncomfortable dressing or acting a certain way in case it 'draws the wrong kind of attention'. We should not have to feel uncomfortable being who we want to be and going where we want to go. We should not have to fear catcalls and being followed home and having strange men taking photos of our bodies without our permission.

I have always been aware that there are people out there who get (mainly sexual) thrills from taking photos from underneath a woman's skirt, all while unbeknown to her. It happens a lot on public transport; tubes, buses and trains normally because people have their heads in their books and phones and are listening to music.

What I've been unaware of however, is that there is nothing to prevent this from happening. No punishment, no fine, no jail time.

This means, that the people doing this disgusting act are essentially being told that they can get away with it. The women are not consenting to this act and are having their bodily rights and privacy violated. No legislation covers upskirt photography or unwanted sexual public photography; harassment laws do not cover it as it requires the victim to know that is has happened and it has to have happened on two separate occasions.
It doesn't fall under voyeurism (the sexual interest in or practice of spying on people engaged in intimate behaviours such as undressing or other private behaviours) because it 'doesn't count' if its not in a private place such as a locker room, bathroom or changing rooms in a shop.

The only legislation currently available that can be loosely stretched to cover this offence is 'common law' of outraging common decency which is actually supposed to cover flashers and streakers.

This impairs the police's ability to investigate and prosecute offenders, who are then released with a slap on the wrist and are able to carry on with these violating acts.


Please join me in contacting Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice David Gauke as well as Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom to bring attention to this lack of legislation around upskirt and indecent photography of non consenting persons. Please bring forth some kind of punishment to deter this behaviour and help women feel safer.




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