Upskirting is expected to be criminalized in England and Wales. We were just as shocked as you to learn that the practice of filming up a female’s skirt without her permission (how many women do you know that would grant such permission) was not illegal here.
The new legislation was passed by the upper house of Parliament and, at the time of this writing, was awaiting a rubber stamp of approval of Royal Assent.
Under the new legislation, perpetrators would face up to two years in jail and the most serious offenders would be named on a sex offenders register.
Ripley might have a difficult time believing this but the proposed law faced a setback in June of 2018 when its progress was halted by a lawmaker prompting cries of shame from his peers.
Additional Information: Upskirting has been illegal in Scotland for almost a decade while some U.S. and Australian states have legislated against the behavior. It is illegal in New Zealand and India.
Our Note: It is simply amazing that in this time of the #metoo movement this heinous activity would not be illegal in all 50 states. But, sadly it is not. A little history here: The sudden popularity in the 1960s of the miniskirt brought the concept out onto the streets and was viewed by many as mass exhibitionism. Attitudes toward the practice have since hardened with changing technology. The widespread availability and use of digital photography, video photography and most recently cell phones has stimulated a new awareness of the practice among lawmakers.
Source: Gary R’nel
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