‘Upskirt’ perverts face two years’ jail
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.”