Upskirting victim gets rape threats
An upskirting victim spearheading the campaign to criminalise the cruel craze said she has been bombarded with rape threats and abusive messages blaming her for the incident.
Gina Martin, 26, has spent the last year calling for the ban after two men took a picture up her skirt while in London’s Hyde Park in 2017.
Ms Martin only realised what had happened when she spotted one of the men sharing the image on his mobile phone in front of her — but despite snatching the device and presenting it as evidence to nearby police, the case was closed four days later.
Ms Martin said her campaign has resulted in regular torrents of abuse over social media, as well as accusations that she was to blame.
She said: “It’s generally people telling me that I should have worn trousers, or I deserved it, or I’m attention-seeking, but they can get pretty horrible at points.
“At the very beginning, it was really bad and I was getting a lot of rape threats.”
Currently victims in England and Wales are forced to seek prosecution through other legal avenues, such as outraging public decency or harassment, prompting the call for a specific law similar to one already in force in Scotland.
A Private Member’s Bill, tabled by Bath Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse, is in the list to be potentially called today, although there would be further legal hurdles before any law comes into force.