Up­skirt­ing vic­tim gets rape threats

Irish Examiner - - World News - Ryan Hooper

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.

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