Bill introduced to strengthen invasion of privacy laws

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Bill introduced to strengthen invasion of privacy laws

by: Media release | .
Office of Sen. Yamashita, PhD | .
published: February 12, 2014

Recently a man was convicted in local Court for being a peeping tom after he installed cameras in the women’s restrooms of a local banking institution capturing thousands of images.  Yet, he was only convicted of a misdemeanor crime. 

This injustice to the victims prompted Senator Aline A.Yamashita, PhD, to introduce, today, Bill No. 273 -along with colleagues, Speaker Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., and Senator Tina Rose Muna Barnes- to make such an act a felony as part of Guam’s invasion of privacy laws. The senator thanks the Office of the Attorney General who has been instrumental in the measure’s design.

“With criminal acts come consequences,” says Yamashita.  “As a victim spoke about the ugliness of the crime, I listened and as she spoke of the unfairness of the penalty, I told her we would do something about it.”

Several jurisdictions have “Peeping Tom” laws that make violations felonies.  Currently, this invasion of privacy for sexual gratification through recording instruments is only a misdemeanor in Guam.

“To be violated - physically, mentally - through any means - face to face or through recordings or images- is unacceptable,” says Sen. Yamashita.  “Privacy is a shrinking valuable aspect of life.  In the privacy of our own homes, or even in a restroom, we should feel safe and it is not an unreasonable expectation that we should be safe.”

For more information, please contact the FamiliesFirst! Office at 648-3474 or email Sen. Yamashita directly at aline4families@gmail.com.

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