To Prevent Upskirting You Must Hold Down Your Skirt
Posted by mscate on December 12, 2008
My teeth were gnashing reading this article about “upskirting”. A poorly written article of quotes and Googling invites us to search for sites featuring upskirting with the opening:
A warning, ladies: if you don’t fancy the idea of your backside splashed over the internet, grip your hems tightly.
Sooo, someone taking a photo of my knickers is my fault? Upskirting is actually a crime. Laws have been in place since 2007 about capturing images of someone’s genital/anal area without their consent. In fact:
It is against the law to photograph or use equipment (such as a mirror, drill or ladder) to deliberately observe or capture images of the anal or genital area of someone without their knowledge and in circumstances where it would be reasonable to expect that they would not be photographed in this way
Using a device to the observe genital area is subject to three years jail and taking or distributing photos, three months jail.
Surely that newspaper space would be better served writing about detection and prosecution and encouraging victims to report offences. Would The Age tell a woman to cross her legs to avoid date rape?