President George W. Bush signed the “Video Voyeurism Protection Act of 2004” into law Dec. 23.
Lifetime Original Movie Video Voyeur: The Susan Wilson Story highlighted the problem of video voyeurism and brought it to the attention of lawmakers when it debuted on Lifetime Television Jan. 21, 2002.
Video Voyeur was based on the true story of Monroe, La., native Susan Wilson and her family, who were secretly videotaped in their own home during the most private of moments by a trusted friend and neighbor and found themselves unprotected by laws.
Lifetime will reair Video Voyeur Saturday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. (EST/PST), and the network will also air a special public-service announcement to update its viewers.
“When we began working on our movie, only a handful of states had laws making video voyeurism a serious crime,” Lifetime executive vice president of public affairs Meredith Wagner said in a prepared statement.
“Now, this act will prohibit filming or taking compromising pictures on all federal property across the nation,” she added.