- ‘Mooning’ is now officially a CRIME in Victoria, with the offence of publicly exposing one’s buttocks punishable by up to 6 months prison!
- While the cheeky act was previously punished under other laws, it is now specifically addressed in amendments to the Summary Offences Act.
- Relevantly, the updated legislation states that the “indecent offensive or insulting” behaviour includes exposing (to any extent) one’s “anal or genital region”, with mooning and streaking listed as such examples.
- The amendment aims to separate mooning and streaking from more serious sexual acts, such as flashing.
- First-time offenders face up to 2 months in jail, while repeat offenders could face 6 months in the can.
- Yesterday, organisers set up a “Moon the Parliament House of Victoria” Facebook event, inviting people to protest the law by baring their bottoms on the next full moon. However, Victoria Police has warned the group that people should keep their pants on or “potentially risk criminal charges”.