‘Up­skirt’ per­verts face two years’ jail

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UP­SKIRT­ING has been made a spe­cific crim­i­nal of­fence af­ter a Bill to ban it re­ceived Royal Assent in the House of Lords.

Peo­ple con­victed of tak­ing an im­age or video of a vic­tim’s groin or but­tocks un­der their cloth­ing face be­ing jailed for two years and be­ing put on the sex of­fend­ers regis­ter.

Gina Martin, 27, who cam­paigned for the law change af­ter be­ing up­skirted at a fes­ti­val in 2017, wel­comed the move and said it was a “long time com­ing”.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said she was “very pleased to see the de­grad­ing prac­tice of up­skirt­ing be­come a crim­i­nal of­fence af­ter the tire­less work of cam­paign­ers”.

Vic­tims called for the law af­ter be­com­ing frus­trated with a lack of op­tions to pros­e­cute per­pe­tra­tors.

Ms Martin said: “There’s a lot of work still to do. A change in law is a huge thing, it sets a prece­dent but it doesn’t change peo­ple’s opin­ions.

“We still see ‘smaller’ sex­ual as­saults as not such a prob­lem but it’s a mas­sive is­sue.”

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