Q985: Can you tell me about the offence of 'upskirting '?
Upskirting is illegal and typically involves the taking a photograph or video recording beneath the clothing of another person to view their genitals, buttocks or underwear without their consent.
This is a serious criminal offence and the law covers where an image has been taken for sexual gratification. Also where an image has been taken in order to cause humiliation, distress or harm to another person.
It is also an offence when a photograph is taken by a person with the intention of showing other people.
This is a serious offence which is punishable by a fine or by a prison sentence of up to two years. It can also result in individual being placed on to the sex offenders register.
Victims of the offence will be afforded anonymity and their details cannot be published in the media.
If you believe that you have been a victim of upskirting then contact the police by dialling 101.
There are also organisations offering practical and emotional support to victims of crime. Links to such organisations have been included in the related information.