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Majority of reported voyeurism incidents on Metro Vancouver transit have not resulted in charges

February 27, 2024

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Advocates for victims of sexual offences say it’s difficult to lay charges in voyeurism cases and are calling for more to be done to address the problem. They also say many sexual offences on transit are never reported. 

Voyeurism is defined as secretly watching or recording someone for a sexual purpose when they have a reasonable expectation of privacy. It’s punishable with up to five years in jail.

Reported cases of voyeurism have remained low on Metro Vancouver transit. Police data shows 11 incidents from 2021 to 2023, yet only two charges have been laid. 

“It’s considered to be very low in terms of the criminal justice system. But the impact on victims’ sense of safety, privacy, dignity is really profound,” Hilla Kerner, a spokesperson for Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, said in an interview.

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