Liberal Democrat MP, Wera Hobhouse, who introduced a Bill to make ‘upskirting’ a specific criminal offence, has called for a government review into sexual offences.
The MP was speaking on the day of second reading of the Voyeurism Offences Bill.
This Bill was originally brought to the House of Commons by Wera, but was subsequently introduced by the Government following her Bill being blocked by Tory MP, Christopher Chope, last month.
“Since I began campaigning to make upskirting a specific offence, I have been made aware of crimes of a similar nature which were not being prosecuted.
“Revenge pornography cases, like upskirting, are done without consent and is incredibly distressing to victims. Currently, however, revenge porn is not a sexual offence and therefore victims are not entitled to the same protections, meaning many do not feel able to take action against perpetrators.
“This vile crime may not fall within the remit of the Bill, but this does not mean we should not address it and I urge the Government to undertake a review into sexual offences. It is clear that the fight to protect women from vile practices does not end here."