‘Upskirting’ victim calls on Legislature to enact new law

A Houston County woman who was the victim of “upskirting” at her local grocery store is calling on the Legislature to make the lewd, invasive conduct a crime.

“I just want the law to change so others can’t keep doing it and get off through a technicality,” said the woman, who discovered a store clerk taking videos up her dress. “ … This has to be a crime, because it is a crime.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is withholding the 31-year-old woman’s name to protect her privacy and because she was the victim of a sexual offense. A medical profession who’s married with children, she said she was “shocked” and “disgusted” when a store clerk was captured on security footage taking videos up her dress with his cellphone.

The Court of Appeals recently reversed Brandon Lee Gary’s conviction, saying the way Georgia’s invasion-of-privacy law is written “upskirting” can’t be prosecuted as a crime. The court’s majority said it’s up to the General Assembly to fix the problem.

To read more about the woman’s thoughts and reactions to the incident, please go to myajc.com.

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