Men who take pictures up women’s skirts could now face up to two years in prison.
The bill on “upskirting” has passed its third and final reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday - it will become a criminal act after it achieves Royal Assent this spring. Gina Martin started a campaign for it to be made illegal after she was upskirted at a music festival in 2017.
The act, which will come under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, will cover England and Wales. In Scotland, upskirting is already a crime. Perpetrators of upskirting were already punishable under the Outraging Public Decency (OPD) offence, and there have been a number of successful prosecutions. However, creating a specific law on upskirting strengthens it and ensures it is treated as a sexual offence.
Gina plans to continue working to educate young people about upskirting, which will include personal appearances in schools.