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Peeping Tom Laws Can't Keep Up With Technology

Peeping Tom Laws Can't Keep Up With Technology

If you're hitting the mall today to score some Black Friday deals, you might want to look out for suspicious men ready to assault you with their flashes. Camera phone-armed perverts have found it easy to snap pictures of women's private parts, and get away with it.

In Tulsa, OK recently, a man caught sticking his camera phone up a fellow shopper's skirt to take a picture of her underwear, walked away with no conviction, since the state's law held that the woman had no right to such privacy in public.

In response, Salon reports, Oklahoma lawmakers passed legislation making it explicitly illegal to take a photo of someone's private parts in public. Believe it or not, almost half of US states have similar loopholes in need of closing. Hopefully lawmakers react quickly, since these Peeping Toms can instantly post these cell phone pictures online.

Have you ever been assaulted with a camera phone . . . that you know of?


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bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I was on public transit one day and this man had a camera in a lunch bag and he was holding it between his legs. I never knew he was taking pictures of women crotches until I started paying attention, meaning I was just staring at him to see what his actions were. Most of the women weren't paying attention, some were reading or just looking out the window. There were too many people around and it was so crowded. I just went to bus driver and he called the police, they met us at the 3rd stop and took the guy off the bus. No one was the wiser. You would be amazed at people on public transit especially when the bus is crowded.
ig586 ig586 8 years
I think all the people who are saying that the women shouldn't be letting this happen to them really need to wake up. I grew up in NYC and let me tell you there were a lot of times I had people really close to me when there was no way to avoid it, especially on public transit, or in the hallways of high school. How would you feel if some pervert did this to your teenage daughter? Would you be saying its her fault and that he should be able to the leave pictures of her underwear up on his myspace? jeez.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I think there would need to be some intelligence written into a law like this. When you're wearing a short skirt, and you don't want people to see your business, then you have to be careful about the way you carry yourself and the places you go. Just for your own protection. That's not to say that women are to blame when they're harrassed by people taking pictures up their skirts, that's clearly inexcusable. However, for women who are simply careless or purposely let it all hang out, I can't see charging every person who happens to take a picture. I pretty much agree with Zeze on this.
zeze zeze 8 years
My question was that if someone is getting that close for that purpose, how can that not be sexual harassment? And if they are not that close and ur in a micro mini, bending over and someone snaps a picture from 5ft away - IMO, you shouldn't be able to sue. I don't really see how new laws are needed - invading your personal space to get under your clothes should be sexual harassment, plain and simple.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I think the point is Bastylefilegirl, is that she was aware of it, caught him and then he got away with it because of hoes in the law. Kind of like if someone groped you. They could rush and invade your space and you realize they are there. When the police come you tell them and they are tried. In this case there were no consequences for his actions because the law didn't hold him responsible.
vanilla19 vanilla19 8 years
Sometimes they'll hide a tiny camera in an article of clothing so you can't even tell, they can take a picture of you from behind while you're not aware.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Nobody is blaming women well I know I'm not, but seriously in the specific cases where someone is that close to you to place something underneath you, then you aren't paying attention. I'm just saying that women need to pay more attention and take responsibility for their safety, because a creep taking pictures is bad but getting snatch etc is worse.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Exactly Brandy, or stood in line or stood next to someone is a crowded bus. This lady clearly was aware he was close to her or she wouldn't have saw the camera to complain. This is definitely harassment and invasion of privacy. If you're not allowed to be naked in public then how in the hell does someone get away with sticking objects under your clothes to take "indecent" pictures of you in public.
Wow, I find it amazing that you ladies are blaming the women in these sorts of situations. How many of you ladies have ridden on an escalator, or walked up a flight of stairs? If yes, then the possibility of a perv snapping a pic under your skirt is there. It has nothing to do with how close someone gets to you.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I would never and never have, let anyone get that close to me. I am extremely aware of those around me. If a person attempted to take a image, my shoe would be their a*s in a heartbeat. I do not understand how women today are in such a daze that they do not notice someone aiming a camera phone up their skirt? Or the ones that hide a camera in a shopping bag and try to aim the bag under your skirt. It is obvious; no sane shopper would have their bag that close to you. The law is tricky with this issue. There definitely has to be a case when someone is caught trying to or actually taking photos up a persons dress/skirt. However what about those that actually flash themselves for attention, then try to make quick cash by suing? How would the court be able to tell when someone is allowing the photographer to shoot or just totally oblivious to this creep? What if a person took photos at a nude beach; would they be a peeping-tom or just a person taking a photo (since the ones on the beach made a choice to be nude in a public area)? Something has to be done however there has to be extremely detailed guidelines for what is and is not appropriate/lawful.
zeze zeze 8 years
I'm also not sure how these laws would work, does that mean if u see someone without a top or a someone bends and something pops out, are people who take pictures of that "peeping toms" I just dont see how this law is necessary, if someone if getting close enough to take pictures from under your skirt then it should be sexual harassment for getting so damn close with intentions of seeing someone's underwear - just the same as if it was without a camera and a guy stuck his head under someone's skirt. And if they are pictures of stuff that is on display, then the law is a bit ridiculous, people shouldn't have to put their cameras away every time someone wants to pull a "paris" or "britney"
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I don't mean to be insensitive but, how in the heck do you let someone get that close to you? If you' reletting someone get that close to you and you're not paying attention a peeping tom with a camera phone is the least of your worries.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
If a person gets close enough to slip a camera underneath your skirt, are you allowed to kick them in the face, and get away with it too? Honestly, how is this not assault?
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