Upskirting Now Illegal In England

Upskirting is now illegal in England. The bill, known as the Voyeurism Offenses Act, was passed by Parliament in February but officially went into effect this month. Those convicted of the criminal act will face up to two years in prison.

Activist and writer Gina Martin campaigned for 18 months to make upskirting illegal, after having been a victim of the act and finding out there were no laws against it. The bill had previously been blocked by conservative parliament member Sir Christopher Chope. Prime Minister Theresa May worked to push the bill through saying upskirting was “a hideous invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed.”

The Realist Woman’s take:

This news made me curious about U.S. laws against upskirting. Most states haven’t prohibited the offense due to debates over whether or not a person should expect a level of privacy in a public space.

I think we all agree on upskirting being appalling and an absolute invasion of privacy. No one has a right to violate another person, whether that’s through violence, non-consensual touch or through a camera. It seems like a no brainer to me to make this disgusting behavior illegal. Our politicians need to step it up. Why is it that our British neighbors can figure this out but we can’t?