BOSTON- Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) is filing legislation to make “upskirting,” the practice of secretly photographing under a woman’s skirt, illegal. The bill comes following a ruling on March 5th by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) that the practice did not violate state law. Senator Moore serves as the Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee of Public Safety and Homeland Security.
“I am extremely disappointed by today’s Supreme Judicial Court ruling that upskirt photos are legal in Massachusetts,” stated Senator Moore. “The ruling is a public safety issue and it puts women and girls in the Commonwealth in potential harm’s way. I will be filing legislation to try to ensure that upskirt photos and similar actions are made illegal to prevent a similar ruling from occurring in the future.”
The SJC’s ruling was regarding a case in August 2010 where a man was accused of secretly taking photos up a woman’s skirt on a MBTA train. The state’s high court stated that the “Peeping Tom” laws protect people from being photographed in dressing rooms and bathrooms when nude or partially nude, but the way the current law is written, it does not protect clothed people in public areas.