Why Is Taking 'Up-Skirt' Pictures Not A Sexual Offence Yet?
Well, today, they officially backed it. And not only do they back it, but minister Lucy Frazer is so passionately behind it and thinks the legislation we put forward is the right solution. I think that speaks to how Ryan and I are feeling right now. The young campaigner has managed to get the Government to back her bill, ensuring upskirting is to become a criminal offence. The offence will be punishable by two years in prison and, in the most serious cases, will result in those convicted being added to the sex offender register. The justice minister, Lucy Frazer, has said in a statement, 'This behaviour is a hideous invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed. By making upskirting a specific offence, we are sending a clear message that this behaviour will not be tolerated, and that perpetrators will be properly punished.
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A friend of mine, year old Gina Martin, was enjoying British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, London, when she caught a guy standing nearby looking at a photo of a woman's crotch on his mobile phone. To her horror, Gina realised that it was an up-skirt photo of her. She snatched the phone and took it to festival security staff, who saw the photo, confirmed it was Gina and contacted the police.