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Lexi Hodson, Contributor • May 16, 2024

Texas makes it legal for people to take perverted photos without consent

Last week the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals announced that it is now legal for people to take unwanted, provocative photos of you without your consent.

This includes photos or videos that are taken in a bathroom or private dressing room such as up-skirt photos and photos targeting the breast and buttocks area.

Multiple appeals have been made to for this to happen. But only one man made this act legal.

His name is Ronald Thompson.

53-year-old Thompson was originally charged with 26 counts of improper photography. He took photos of 73 children at a water park, specifically aiming for sexual areas.

He justified his acts by claiming it was a violation of freedom of expression.

The court seemed to agree. They ruled that the current law, prohibiting these photographs to be taken, is now legal.

Their claim is that a law cannot restrict a person’s thoughts. It is technically a violation of the First Amendment, specifically freedom of expression.

This makes me sick.

The fact that Thompson can now run around more water parks and take more photos of underage children disgusts me.

And there are plenty of other sadistic, perverted individuals out there. They can now whip out their phones whenever they please to take a photo when you bend over or record you when you happen to be at the swimming pool.

The best part is that they won’t ask; they don’t have to anymore!

It’s legal.

They won’t get in trouble, and you can’t do a damn thing about it.

As a young woman, I find this ruling concerning.

It is very concerning to me that precious, innocent children are going to be in some perv’s “spank bank.” Moreover, I’m also concerned for teenage girls and young women that may be targeted by other aberrant individuals.

Do I have to cover myself up even more now? Should I throw away all my skirts and dresses? If I want to wear a sports bra and shorts when I run on the Katy Trail should I bring a jacket even though its 90 degrees out?

These are the questions I’ll have to ask myself even more than I already do when I choose to go out and be a part of society.

I already have to check if my shorts are long enough. If my tank top is loose enough. If my boobs are hidden enough.

And I find this to be enough.

The fundamental “right” for some degenerate to be able to take a photo or video of exposed children and women is wrong.

The overall safety and respect for women and children need to be evaluated and ensured as it is for men, and apparently now, perverts.

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