Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Government acts to make ‘upskirting’ a specific offence

Government acts to make ‘upskirting’ a specific offence

"This behaviour is a disgusting invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed", said Frazer announcing the government's backing.

The MP for Christchurch in Dorset said he objected to the Voyeurism (Offences) Bill being given a second reading because of his long-standing opposition to backbench private members' bills.

Ms Martin, a freelance writer living in London, has spent the past year calling for the ban after two men took a picture up her skirt while at the British SummerTime festival in Hyde Park in 2017.

The news Friday morning that the government was backing the bill led many to believe that the legislation could have a smooth passage through both Houses of Parliament.

In the interview, Sir Christopher urged the government to find the "fastest, fairest and surest passage" for a bill banning upskirting.

"Now - hopefully - we can get access to justice for all victims because the politicians listened", she said.

"However, we know that the law alone is not enough and schools have a critical role in challenging harmful behaviours and practices by dealing with any issues promptly and in line with robust PSHE and safeguarding policies".

Victims said a specific law prohibiting the craze was necessary as current legislation was often insufficient to prosecute an offender.

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She tweeted: "I am obviously extremely upset and disappointed that Sir Chope made a decision to object to this vitally important bill for the women of England and Wales".

Lisa Hallgarten, head of policy and public affairs for Brook, the sexual health and wellbeing charity for young people, said: "Brook welcomes the Government's recognition of the seriousness of upskirting as a move towards tackling the widespread incidence of sexual harassment of women and girls".

However, it only takes one MP to shout "objection" in Parliament to halt a bill's progress.

"This is obviously great news", Martin said on Friday. I remain positive, though. Stephen Smith talks about Ireland's most durable rugby star on The Architects of Business, JOE's new show in partnership with EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™, also available on iTunes and YouTube.

Sir Christopher has come in for fierce criticism in the wake of scuppering the bill, with fellow Conservative MPs branding him a "dinosaur".

She has asked for her bill to return to the House on 6 July.

While Scotland has had its own law on upskirting for nearly a decade, there is no specific legislation against the intrusive act in England and Wales, according to the PA.

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