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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gillespie, A. A. (2019), Tackling Voyeurism: Is The Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 A Wasted Opportunity?. The Modern Law Review, 82: 1107-1131. which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1468-2230.12441 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/11/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Modern Law Review
Issue number6
Volume82
Number of pages25
Pages (from-to)1107-1131
Publication statusPublished
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.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gillespie, A. A. (2019), Tackling Voyeurism: Is The Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 A Wasted Opportunity?. The Modern Law Review, 82: 1107-1131. which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1468-2230.12441 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.