After initially being blocked by a single lawmaker, the bill that punishes upskirting has now become law. It took 18 months to make upskirting a criminal offense. It started when Gina Martin was targeted at a festival in , when a man put his phone between her legs and took a photo. Her case had gone viral and she started a campaign to make upskirting illegal.
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Victims reporting the offence will have their anonymity protected by reporting restrictions, in keeping with the protections usually accorded to complainants of sexual abuse. From today, they will. The legislative reforms were pioneered by activist Gina Martin, who began campaigning for stricter laws when she found herself unable to secure any legal justice against two men who took nonconsensual photos up her skirt at a music festival. Previously, acts of upskirting could only potentially be prosecuted indirectly through the Outraging Public Decency Act, Sexual Offences Act, or Protection of Children Act , subject to specific circumstances.
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Nearly 70 per cent of upskirting crimes in England and Wales take place in the aisles of shops, according to new data released by the Crown Prosecution Service CPS. Upskirting is now a criminal offence and offenders can face up to two years in jail, with the most prolific being put on the sex offenders' register. In the year following the legislation being introduced, the CPS convicted 10 men of upskirting women, and jailed three of them. Out of those convicted, four of the recorded offences took place in supermarkets and another two in shops.
Following a viral social media post and then some intense campaigning from Gina, the House of Lords yesterday approved legislation which officially makes that act a criminal offence. Wishing I was still prancing around in pink at latitudefestival with aussiehairofficial. But back at it instead.