News

Jul 12
"After Easthampton Community Access Television learned of troubling conduct by one of its volunteer videographers, the board adopted a policy forbidding video voyeurism. Now, two years later, a legislator is trying to change state law to make it illegal to engage in the kind of filming the volunteer did in 2009. To recap: In 2009, a longtime ECAT volunteer was accused of taking video footage that included what appeared to be a concerted effort on his part to leer at women from behind his video camera. The footage included multiple close-ups of women that zoomed in on cleavage and chests and attempted to look up skirts. Some people at the community events where this taping occurred noticed what was going on and voiced their feelings of discomfort over this volunteer's videotaping practices and techniques. The board conducted an investigation, suspended the volunteer for three months, and then changed its policy. It implemented regulations forbidding ECAT volunteers from engaging in "video voyeurism," and from taking what it delicately termed "upskirt/downblouse video." That is decisive action. And it might be enough to stop the kind of behavior that raised concerns in the first place. But then again, it might not be. At the urging of Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik, state Rep. John Scibak, D-South Hadley, introduced a bill now making its way through channels on Beacon Hill that would make it illegal to surreptitiously videotape "undergarment clad" areas of the body..." View the full op-ed article.