Letters to the Editor

Court ruling endangers women, girls

The Washington State Supreme Court has put women at the mercy of any pervert with a camera. RCW 9A.44.115 states: (b) Ž“Place where he or she would have a reasonable expectation of privacy,Ž” (ii) A place where one may reasonably expect to be safe from casual or hostile intrusion or surveillance.Ž”

I have to ask what definition of place the Supreme Court justices used when making their ruling? According to WebsterŽ’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary, place is defined as Ž“A particular portion or space, whether of definite or indefinite extent. The portion of space occupied by anything. A space or spot set apart or used for a particular purpose.Ž” The space beneath a womanŽ’s skirt is a place. That space is designated as a place a woman chooses to put her body. In making that choice, she assumes her body will be safe from intrusion or surveillance. When a woman puts on a skirt, she has chosen to make the space under it private.

Now perverts and sex offenders, including pedophiles, are free to hang out in malls and public places, filming to their heartsŽ’ content. It isnŽ’t bad enough that these people are now allowed to do this, the pictures they take will end up on the Internet and anywhere else that type of person can find to show them.

ArenŽ’t we having a hard enough time protecting women and young girls from rape and sexual abuse? Do our lawmakers have to open the gates, giving these offenders more access to women and little girls?

Stop and really think about this issue. It is serious. Women can now, legally, be degraded and humiliated in public places. Another step has been taken to remove a womanŽ’s privacy, her sense of well- being and safety, plus her choice of how much of her body she chooses to reveal to strangers.

Ann C. Sandt

Federal Way

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