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Tackling Voyeurism: Is The Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 A Wasted Opportunity?

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E-pub ahead of print
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/06/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Modern Law Review
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date11/06/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 amended the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to introduce a new offence that would seek to tackle so‐called ‘upskirting’. Whilst it originated as a Private Members Bill, it was quickly taken over by the Government following a backbench blocking manoeuvre. The Act ostensibly seeks to fill a loophole that exists within the law and to protect the sexual autonomy and inherent dignity of women. Instead, I will argue, the legislation deals with a niche area and is a wasted opportunity. Parliament chose to kick the issue into the long grass, from where it will be difficult to recover, with parliamentary time likely to be scarce over the coming years.