Camera gives you X-ray vision… just what street harassers need

April 22, 2011

Computers, internet, and phones let us raise awareness about street harassment and even report street harassers. But technology can also work against us as we try to make public places harassment-free.

Here’s an example.

Not only is taking photos of people in public, including upskirting, perfectly legal in a lot of states, but now people who do it can take pics that allow them to see through thin fabrics!!

Via Gizmodo:

“This S95-styled point and shoot, the Midnight Shot NV-1, is the perfect camera for perverts. Why? Cause it has an infrared-night shot mode which can let you see through thin fabric and other materials.

It has a regular mode too! But the night-shot mode is where the nudie cam comes in. It gets the blocking filter out of the way, letting all infrared light through while a super bright IR LED “invisibly” illuminates everything in the picture. That infrared light can actually penetrate thin clothing, and since the camera can capture the infrared light, the clothing in the picture turn see through.

Other cameras have had some sort of feature like this before, but never so blatantly. One note: the nudie cam effect works best in the daytime but try not to be a perv. $140″

Ugh, so now we have to wonder if what we’re wearing is considered “thin fabric” in case our street harassers have an x-ray vision camera? *Shakes fist* why, can’t you only be on our side, technology?

[Thanks goes to my Gizmodo-reading partner for the story tip.]

NY Subway Harasser Arrested!

September 19, 2008

From the Associated Press:

“NEW YORK (AP) — Police arrested a man accused of taking a cell phone picture under a subway rider’s skirt after the victim said she used her own phone to snap back. The 28-year-old woman said she was victimized last month while climbing stairs to an elevated station in upper Manhattan. A passer-by confirmed her suspicion that he had taken a photo up her skirt, she said.

She followed the suspect onto a train, took his picture, then e-mailed it to police and filed a report. “I told him `smile’ because I am going to the police,” the woman told The New York Times.

Aaron Olivieri was arrested Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of attempted unlawful surveillance, attempted sexual abuse and harassment. He was nabbed in a Manhattan subway station by an officer who said he matched the person in the photo the woman had taken, authorities said.

His lawyer, Rigodis Appling, did not immediately return a call for comment on Friday.”

What a great story! Everything came together for success – there was a witness, the person had the initial reaction to take the photo, the person had the energy/time to report the incident, & the police seemed to respond appropriately. Hopefully more people will be inspired to fight back too!