Which became one of the many points of contention in a campaign to repeal the Acts. The original act only applied to a few selected naval ports and army towns, but by 1869 the acts had been extended to cover eighteen affected districts. The subject of venereal disease, known as social disease, created significant controversy within Victorian society. It sparked the debate over inequality between men and women. It was an early political issue that led to women organizing themselves and actively campaigning for their rights.