T Campaign to Crack Down on Upskirting

MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan revealed a new campaign against “upskirting.”
MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan revealed a new campaign against “upskirting.”
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For those who need a reminder that unwanted photography of a person’s private areas is against the law, the MBTA has launched a public awareness campaign.

T riders can expect to see 300 “You Have a Right to Privacy” advertisements in trains and buses throughout the system, according to an MTBA press release.

The campaign follows a new state law that makes “upskirting” illegal. The issue arose in March when the state’s Supreme Judicial Court dismissed “Peeping Tom” charges against an Andover man accused of taking pictures up women’s skirts on MBTA trolleys because the act was legal at the time.

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The MBTA says it has received over a dozen reports of “upskirting” over the past three years.

“Those who attempt to invade others’ privacy while riding the MBTA should know that this type of behavior will not be tolerated and this new law will help us to prosecute those who do,” Paul MacMillan, the MBTA transit police chief, said in a statement.

The campaign also emphasizes that T riders have a right to privacy and should report issues if they come up.

Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, was on hand this morning at the unveiling of the program.

“The Transit Police have been a strong partner to address issues of sexual assault and harassment since 2008,” she said. “This is an example of the effective work we can do together.”