Dame Vera welcomes new law on upskirting

A law making upskirting illegal has been welcomed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 22 April, 2019, 07:00
Dame Vera Baird

Dame Vera, who supported the campaign to make it an offence, hopes it will encourage victims to report it.

It means taking photos underneath another person’s clothes – without their consent– is a criminal offence in England and Wales.

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Speaking ahead of the law coming into force, Dame Vera said: “Upskirting is an act of seeking sexual gratification without consent. It can be extremely distressing for victims and until now the law hasn’t been fit for purpose. I hope that recognising this disgusting practice as a criminal offence gives victims the confidence to come forward and report this awful crime – finally the law is on your side.”