La. Victim Hails Federal, State Video Voyeur Laws

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Susan Wilson, the Monroe, La., woman whose account of being the unsuspecting victim of a video voyeur prompted Louisiana to impose penalties for videotaping people without their knowledge, is cheering adoption of the federal Video Voyeurism Protection Act. The new law makes it a federal crime to secretly capture images of people in situations in which they have an expectation of privacy.

In 1998, Wilson, now 46, discovered that a neighbor had been secretly videotaping her family’s most private moments. Since the Louisiana law was passed, more than 30 other states have imposed penalties for such behavior, most treating the crimes as felonies and some as misdemeanors. With the federal law, “Congress is sending a powerful message that video voyeurism, the new frontier of stalking, is criminal behavior and that its victims will be protected by the criminal justice system,” said Susan Herman, former executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.

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