‘Upskirting’ is the term used when referring to the action of a camera or mobile phone being placed beneath a persons skirt to take a ‘voyeuristic’ photograph without their permission. Today, a new law has come into effect making upskirting a specific sexual offence with a maximum sentence of two years in prison and inclusion on the sex offenders register.
Police figures have shown children as young as seven were amongst the increasing number of victims of up-skirting in the last year, most victims being female with male perpetrators.
The new laws have been introduced following a campaign led by Ms Gina Martin, who was a victim of upskirting. A review following her campaign identified gaps in the law. The changes will ensure victims are now under no doubt that their complaint will be taken seriously, and the appropriate punishments will be issued for those convicted.
How can we help?
At Emery Johnson Astills our specialist advocates in our Criminal Defence Team are highly experienced in dealing with sexual offences. If you find yourself facing any sexual offence it is vital to contact a solicitor as soon as possible to obtain expert legal advice. Representation at the police station is free, and legal aid may be available for your case at the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. For offences which do not qualify for legal aid, we offer fixed fees for appointments and representation. To discuss any offences please contact our Criminal Defence Team at Emery Johnson Astills in Leicester on 0116 2554855 or in Loughborough on 01509 610312.