Target: Oregon Governor Kate Brown
Goal: Outlaw the non-consensual taking of pictures up women’s skirts in public.
Predators who take photographs up the skirts of women in public will finally be able to be held criminally responsible and thrown in jail thanks to legislation working its way through Oregon’s capitol. This is a vital update of the state’s legal codes. Demand that this proposal be signed into law.
Though the act is absolutely deplorable and condemned by all except sexual predators, people in many states around the country can legally take photographs up the skirts of clothed women in public without their consent. This is because legal codes have not been able to keep up with the rapid increase in accessibility of small digital cameras and smartphones that have cameras built in.
Oregon is now making moves to fight back against this disgusting violation, commonly called “upskirting” by online communities who compile and share these kinds of photos. State lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make it illegal to take photographs up the skirts of clothed women in public without their consent. Violators would be faced with up to a year in jail.
No longer should these predators be able to exploit and violate women with no legal repercussions. Sign the petition below to demand that Oregon Governor Kate Brown give the legislation that would make upskirting illegal her signature of approval so it can become law.
Dear Governor Brown,
I am writing you today regarding HB 2596, a proposal that is speeding its way through Salem and should arrive on your desk in the very near future. When that happens, you should sign it without delay.
HB 2596 would make it illegal for people to take photos up the skirts of women in public without their consent. As it stands, because no laws exist making this practice expressly illegal, Oregon judges have no choice but to acquit people brought to court for this kind of predatory behavior, letting them back into the community to prey on other women.
In one particularly disturbing case, an Oregon man who admitted to taking photographs up a 13-year-old’s skirt in a Target store outside Portland had to be acquitted because what he did technically did not violate any laws. This man is now back in his community, presumably continuing to be a danger to other children and women.
It is past time that people who engage in this perverted, predatory behavior be met with the full force of the criminal justice system. I demand that you sign HB 2596 into law as soon as it arrives in your office so that these people can finally be put behind bars.
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