The Senate passed the Lifetime Television-backed Video Voyeurism Protection Act of 2004 Thursday.
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 the network 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.
To celebrate the act’s passage, Lifetime will reair Video Voyeur on Lifetime Movie Network Tuesday, Dec. 14at 8 p.m. (EST/PST) and on Lifetime Saturday, Jan. 8at 9 p.m. The network will also run a special public-service announcement.
“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.