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Laura Whitmore calls for the immediate criminalisation of ‘upskirting’

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 29/05/2018 Rebecca Horan

a person in a car © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland The furore surrounding ‘upskirting’ started back in February when This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby posted a tweet that went viral and now our very own Laura Whitmore has followed suit, calling for it to be made illegal.

If you aren’t sure what I’m on about then ‘upskirting’ is the term used to describe the practise of taking a picture or a video up a woman’s skirt, aimed at her groin area from under their clothing – without her consent – and often posting it online.

Exiting the Brits Awards Holly said she was caught-out by a phototgrapher who took a picture of her from below on a night when the country should be celebrating women. 

Taking to Twitter the presenter said: ‘At the beginning of the night we held white roses and walked down a red carpet full of the hope and pride that comes with the #TimesUp campaign… at the end of the night, cameras were held low to get a photo up our skirts… Time’s apparently up on #TimesUp’.

Since Holly’s post 100,000 people have called for ‘upskirting’ to be added to Britain’s Sexual Offences Act 2003.

But it was originally Gina Martin who called for change, Gina has been lobbying for change since 2017 when a man took an upskirt photograph of her at a music festival. After the police told her there was nothing they could do, she began petition Care2 and the rest is history.

a man and a woman sitting on a bench next to a window © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Phillip and Holly talking to Gina Martin on This Morning about her petition against ‘upskirting’ . Pic:Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Another woman who has had enough it seems is TV Presenter Laura Whitmore.

Yesterday, Laura shared an article about an American man who was arrested for taking photographs up women’s skirts in a shop in Georgia. 

Laura tweeted: ‘This is horrible… and what’s worse, in the UK he could get paid by a paper and [the photos] would be printed, shaming the women.’

Laura Whitmore leaving the Pride of Britain awards where she avoided any upskirting mishaps. Pic: Getty Images

She went on to say that it should be made a criminal offence, supported by our media outlets.

The first official figures obtained on upskirting showed complainants as young as 10 and campaigners say existing laws for voyeurism, public decency and public order do not provide enough scope for a conviction, with calls to create a specific sexual offence to deal with it.

The bill will get a second reading on June 15 to make #upskirtingillegal.

So what do you think? should we bring it up in the Dail?

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