Impact In Washington State

HKearlOpEd Project facilitator Holly Kearl, who is currently leading the Public Voices Fellowship in Tucson, recently wrote an op-ed for the Daily Beast that led to movement toward new legislation.

“When I am waiting for a subway, in a store, or standing at a corner, waiting for the light to change, it seems reasonable to me, and probably to you, that I should expect privacy from this kind of violation. But many states do not interpret it this way. For example, in Nebraska, upskirt photos are legal because, as the law is written, lawmakers argue no one can have a reasonable expectation of privacy in a public place, including from someone photographing their intimate areas that are covered by clothing.”

Holly writes to The OpEd Project community about the impact….

“In Washington state, most upskirt photos are legal due to the way the law is written. When an upskirt case came to a local sheriff’s office and they realized they couldn’t do anything, they were dismayed. In their online research they found my Daily Beast article on upskirt photo laws. I’m now advising them as they begin working with a state representative to try to change their law.” 

Read the full op-ed here.

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