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Video voyeurs and the covert videotaping of unsuspecting victims: psychological and legal consequences.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9304836     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Video voyeurs employ state of the art technology to gain access into the most private places where victims are covertly videotaped. Women are the usual victims of video voyeurs as they change their clothes, perform natural functions or engage in sexual activities. When the videotaping is discovered by the victim, serious psychological harm may result. A civil suit is the most common legal remedy sought. Criminal sanctions, when available, are often insufficient compared to the seriousness of the crime. While unauthorized, covert audiotaping is forbidden by both federal and state codes, videotaping is often not specifically mentioned. It appears that legislators do not fully appreciate the burgeoning of covert videotaping, the technological advances that have greatly expanded the possibilities for voyeuristic viewing and the harm done to victims of video voyeurs. Appropriate criminal sanctions need to be included in privacy statutes for unauthorized, video surveillance with or without accompanying audio transcription.
R I Simon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  1997 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-28     Completed Date:  1997-10-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  884-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Program in Psychiatry and Law, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Privacy / legislation & jurisprudence*
Self Concept
United States
Videotape Recording / legislation & jurisprudence*
Voyeurism / psychology*

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