A new law on ‘Upskirting’ has been introduced today that can see perpetrators face two years in prison and be added to the sex offenders register.
Upskirting is a term used when someone takes a photograph under another person’s clothing without their knowledge or permission – with the intention of viewing their genitals or buttocks. Gina Martin is the lady behind the campaign to make Upskirting illegal after she experienced Upskirting by two men at a London festival in 2017.
Gina has spoken publicly about her experience saying: “It’s not a joke. It’s not a prank. It’s something that happened to me and it’s incredibly violating.”
The Upskirting Bill was first introduced on 21 June 2018 and came into force on 12 April 2019.
This new law sends a clear message that Upskirting is a criminal offence with serious consequences. If you’re a victim of Upskirting, you should contact the police who will be able to support you.
To report Upskirting to the police please dial 101 or visit https://www.police.uk/ to find your local police force website and complete an online report.
For more information on the Campaign and its leader, follow Gina Martin on Twitter.