NASUWT - The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers

05/14/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/14/2019 07:18

Call for upskirting law change following sentencing

The NASUWT-The Teachers' Union has acknowledged the sentence handed down to a pupil who took covert upskirt videos of two NASUWT members at a school in Fermanagh.

The NASUWT pressed for the Public Prosecution Service to take action against the pupil and has been representing and supporting the members involved since the incidents came to light.

The NASUWT wishes to see comprehensive legislation which covers all forms of non-consensual distribution of private sexual images. The legislation should cover the range of circumstances in which private sexual images are distributed without consent, including revenge pornography and voyeurism, as well as upskirting and downblousing.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

'Today's sentence will be a significant step on the long road to getting justice for our members.

'Pupils engaging in such degrading behaviour is completely unacceptable. Teachers should never have to put up with sexual harassment or abuse of any kind in the workplace.

'Where teachers are experiencing such abuse they can know that the NASUWT will always act to protect their right to work in safety.'

NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland Justin McCamphill said:

'Comprehensive legislation which covers all forms of non-consensual distribution of private sexual images needs to be brought forward in Northern Ireland.

'The law needs to ensure that everyone is entitled to a reasonable expectation of privacy over their own bodies. This must include schools and cover all circumstances where the taking of images is deliberate and non-consensual.

'This case has highlighted the inadequacy of current law around sexual harassment, upskirting, downblousing, revenge pornography and voyeurism in Northern Ireland. Legislation has failed to keep up with the advent of mobile technology and it is clear new powers are needed.'