Seeking justice, half-dressed woman chases peeping Tom through store

Dec 9, 2013

IFA Technology Fair

BERLIN – SEPTEMBER 04: Visitors look at miniature camcorders at the Flip Video stand on opening day at the IFA technology trade fair in 2009 in Berlin, Germany.; Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Modern-day peeping Toms use smartphones to sneak videos of unsuspecting women in change rooms, restrooms, even women wearing skirts as they walk up stairs and escalators.

Last week, a Kansas woman discovered a man video-recording her as she tried on bras in a Kohl’s dressing room. In the shocking moment, while she was still topless, she ran after him shouting for help. He was arrested.

From upskirt videos to aggressive catcalls to groping in crowded public places and transit, how should victims respond? What’s the risk in confronting the perpetrator or in letting it go?




Ilse Knecht, Deputy Director, Public Policy, National Center for Victims of Crime

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