New upskirting law 'protects every gender'


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The woman behind a successful campaign to make upskirting a criminal offence has claimed the new law "protects every gender".

As of today, people convicted of taking an image or video of a victim's groin or buttocks under their clothing face being jailed for two years and being put on the sex offenders' register.



Twenty-seven-year-old Gina Martin, who campaigned for a change in the law after somebody took a photo under her skirt at a festival in 2017, said it was "crazy" that it had taken so long for the practice to become illegal.

Appearing on the drive show with Eamonn Holmes, Ms Martin said: "I was just really humiliated by it, because there's something about knowing that someone has had their hands between your legs taking photos and you had no idea. It's really, really invasive."

"It has been a sexual offence in Scotland for almost a decade, and that comes from the culture that they have with men wearing kilts."


Christopher Chope blocking the bill was 'horrible'

Upskirting campaigner Gina Martin. Image: Getty

The bill to make upskirting an offence was blocked by Conservative MP Christopher Chope in June 2018, which Ms Martin says was a "horrible" experience.

"That came after about a year of working with the government and lobbying and meeting with MPs to try and get it through. It's ashame because he's the only person who didn't agree with it out of 650 MPs," Ms Martin said.



"It was a hard one but we got there in the end. That was merely a speedbump."

However, the bill has now received Royal Assent in the House of Lords, making upskirting a criminal offence.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who was in the House of Commons as cheers rang out when the bill received Royal Assent in the Lords, said she was "very pleased to see the degrading practice of upskirting become a criminal offence".