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Voyeurism and upskirting

What is voyeurism?

Voyeurism is the practice of getting sexual pleasure from watching others when they are naked or are engaged in sexual activity.

This crime falls until Section 67 of the Sexual Offences Act of 2003 and there are four subsections which describe what it could look like:

  • Getting sexual pleasure while watching another person doing a private act and they have not consented
  • Operating equipment with the intention of having them or someone else watching for sexual gratification from an unconsenting person doing a private act
  • Recording an unconsenting person doing a private act and does so with the intention of them or someone else getting sexual gratification
  • Installing equipment, or constructs or adapts a structure or part of a structure with the intention to watching an unconsenting person doing a private act for sexual gratification

Voyeur masseur brought to justice

 

What is upskirting?

Upskirting is a highly intrusive practice, which usually involves someone taking a picture or video under another person’s clothing without their knowledge with the intention of viewing their genitals or buttocks (with or without underwear).

This criminal offence was brought into law in 2019 and recognises that the victim can be anyone of any gender, and all reports will be taken seriously.

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