Lords debates Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill

24 October 2018

Members of the Lords, including the Shadow Attorney General and the Lords opposition spokesperson for Women and Equalities, discussed the key principles and purpose of the Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill during second reading, on Tuesday 23 October.

Members discussed a number of issues raised by the bill, including the online sharing of non-consensual intimate images, the targeting of vulnerable victims and the current Law Commission review into the classification of misogyny and misandry as hate crimes.

Lord Keen of Elie (Conservative), Lords spokesperson in the Ministry of Justice, responded on behalf of the government.

Committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, is yet to be scheduled.

Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill summary

This bill will aim to insert two new offences in the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to cover the practice known colloquially as ‘upskirting’.

The new offences would apply in instances when:

  • without consent, an individual operates equipment or records an image beneath a person's clothing to observe their genitalia or buttocks, whether covered or uncovered by underwear garments
  • the offender has a motive of either obtaining sexual gratification or causing humiliation, distress or alarm to the victim.

The bill would also ensure that the most serious offenders, where the purpose of the offence is for sexual gratification, are made subject to notification requirements (often referred to as being placed on the ‘sex offenders register’).

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