Every year, police records more acts of voyeurism. In 2016, 366 offenses were recorded, and even 857 in 2017, while in 2014 and 2015, the figures were respectively 108 and 112. This is what comes out of police data published Sunday by the newspaper De Zondag.
Deputy Koenraad Degroote had requested these figures from the Minister of the Interior, Jan Jambon. The 2017 explosion cannot be considered apart from the “Me Too” movemebt, born in the wake of the Weinstein affair. Following accusations of rape and sexual harassment against American film producer Harvey Weinstein, a movement denouncing these acts spread worldwide.
In Belgium, voyeurism is punishable as such since 1 February 2016. Violators risk six-month to five-year jail sentences.