Laws on Nudity

The laws on nudity in public are too ambiguous and open to personal interpretation by local magistrates. It should be clear and unambiguous – either it is an offence to be naked in public or it is not. Proof of intent is virtually impossible to prove or disprove.

Why is this idea important?

The laws on nudity in public are too ambiguous and open to personal interpretation by local magistrates. It should be clear and unambiguous – either it is an offence to be naked in public or it is not. Proof of intent is virtually impossible to prove or disprove.

Repeal and remove any legal barrier to nudity

Nudity is not in itself a crime, however the police use and enforce a number of other laws to prevent people from being nude. This can be anything, i.e. 'causing a breach of the peace' or 'intentionally causing sexual offence or distress' amongst others. Why should I risk prosecution for collecting my mail or my milk from my doorstep if I am nude at the time.Why should I risk prosecution because my neighbour sees me nude in my garden whilst he is up his apple tree whilst collecting apples or even just looking out of their windows. People should not face any prosecution  for nudity, anywhere. It should not automatically be assumed that a naked person is out to cause any alarm, distress or that they are about to commit a sexual crime. People should be free to dress or not as they please.

Why is this idea important?

Nudity is not in itself a crime, however the police use and enforce a number of other laws to prevent people from being nude. This can be anything, i.e. 'causing a breach of the peace' or 'intentionally causing sexual offence or distress' amongst others. Why should I risk prosecution for collecting my mail or my milk from my doorstep if I am nude at the time.Why should I risk prosecution because my neighbour sees me nude in my garden whilst he is up his apple tree whilst collecting apples or even just looking out of their windows. People should not face any prosecution  for nudity, anywhere. It should not automatically be assumed that a naked person is out to cause any alarm, distress or that they are about to commit a sexual crime. People should be free to dress or not as they please.

Right to naturist life style

As I understand the current law, being naked in public is NOT illegal. However, there are other laws which are routinely abused by the authorities to effectively render it illegal. There should be a law that states CATEGORICALLY that nudity is allowed unless it can be shown that a significant number of other members of the public are likely to be offended or intimidated. "Other members of the public" should NOT include police officers or others in authority (who ought to be made of sterner stuff or should not be doing their job!). Also, a complaint from someone who habitually complains just because they can, should not be taken as indicative of the general public.

I am not suggesting that I should be allowed to walk down the high street naked (that is likely to offend a significant minority) but I should be allowed to remain naked in a quiet area and (more importantly) in my own home without having to wory about who is looking every time I walk past a window or open door.

Why is this idea important?

As I understand the current law, being naked in public is NOT illegal. However, there are other laws which are routinely abused by the authorities to effectively render it illegal. There should be a law that states CATEGORICALLY that nudity is allowed unless it can be shown that a significant number of other members of the public are likely to be offended or intimidated. "Other members of the public" should NOT include police officers or others in authority (who ought to be made of sterner stuff or should not be doing their job!). Also, a complaint from someone who habitually complains just because they can, should not be taken as indicative of the general public.

I am not suggesting that I should be allowed to walk down the high street naked (that is likely to offend a significant minority) but I should be allowed to remain naked in a quiet area and (more importantly) in my own home without having to wory about who is looking every time I walk past a window or open door.

Public Nudity

The Sexual Offences Act (2003) states that exposure (and hence public nudity) is only a crime if a person's genitals are exposed and they intend for someone to see them and to be caused alarm and distress.

This means that nudists, skinny dippers or nude sunbathers etc. are not breaking the law, as someone has to intend to cause alarm and distress for it to be a crime (and so someone being alarmed or distressed without intent is not a crime).  This is good.

However, someone can still be arrested for public nudity under the common law of breaching the peace.  In order to clarify the situation and futher protect nudists I think that this law should be ammended so that it specifically states that

1) Nudity, by itself, cannot be considered a breach of the peace

2) A person can be arrested for nudity only if there is a serious reason to believe that they intend to cause alarm and distress.

Why is this idea important?

The Sexual Offences Act (2003) states that exposure (and hence public nudity) is only a crime if a person's genitals are exposed and they intend for someone to see them and to be caused alarm and distress.

This means that nudists, skinny dippers or nude sunbathers etc. are not breaking the law, as someone has to intend to cause alarm and distress for it to be a crime (and so someone being alarmed or distressed without intent is not a crime).  This is good.

However, someone can still be arrested for public nudity under the common law of breaching the peace.  In order to clarify the situation and futher protect nudists I think that this law should be ammended so that it specifically states that

1) Nudity, by itself, cannot be considered a breach of the peace

2) A person can be arrested for nudity only if there is a serious reason to believe that they intend to cause alarm and distress.

The Law and Naturism

I would like to see the current law on indecency in public amended to allow naturists not to be apprehended if going about their lifestyle in their own gardens or in discrete locations in the countryside or on beaches etc.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to see the current law on indecency in public amended to allow naturists not to be apprehended if going about their lifestyle in their own gardens or in discrete locations in the countryside or on beaches etc.

Simplification of the Naturism Laws

Dear Sir/Madam

I am a children's social worker who now manages a multi agency safeguarding training department.

Over the years it has come to my attention that the laws around naturism are confusing and many people I have spoken to (including police and social workers) do not understand them.  I am aware that naturism is not illegal (even when children are present) however simplification  of the law  would put lots of minds at ease, a system like the Spanish (and other nations) where naturism is permitted on all beaches apart from town beaches and naturism is permitted openly in rural areas (i.e. outside of towns and villages). 

At the very least there should be public naturist beaches, places in the national parks and places in every county in the UK.

In my professional experience the times were difficulty arises most are when there is confusion especially when the professionals are confused.  I have seen these difficulties  many times around safeguarding issues also reported in findings from serious case reviews and government reports that  I  read.

I would therefore ask you to consider the simplification of the laws around naturism so all people know it is legal (unless you are deliberately offending others) and also ensure there is provision for the hundreds of thousands who do practice naturism.

Thank you for your time
 

Why is this idea important?

Dear Sir/Madam

I am a children's social worker who now manages a multi agency safeguarding training department.

Over the years it has come to my attention that the laws around naturism are confusing and many people I have spoken to (including police and social workers) do not understand them.  I am aware that naturism is not illegal (even when children are present) however simplification  of the law  would put lots of minds at ease, a system like the Spanish (and other nations) where naturism is permitted on all beaches apart from town beaches and naturism is permitted openly in rural areas (i.e. outside of towns and villages). 

At the very least there should be public naturist beaches, places in the national parks and places in every county in the UK.

In my professional experience the times were difficulty arises most are when there is confusion especially when the professionals are confused.  I have seen these difficulties  many times around safeguarding issues also reported in findings from serious case reviews and government reports that  I  read.

I would therefore ask you to consider the simplification of the laws around naturism so all people know it is legal (unless you are deliberately offending others) and also ensure there is provision for the hundreds of thousands who do practice naturism.

Thank you for your time