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Lawmakers in California and Wisconsin Aim to Criminalize “Stealthing”

Image above from NY Post

The new disturbing trend of “stealthing” has been called “rape” by California lawmaker, Rep. Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens). She aims to introduce legislation in bill AB1033 to classify the act of secretly taking off one’s condom during sex as sexual assault.

Democratic Representative Melissa Sargent of Wisconsin is also introducing legislation in her state, hoping to outlaw it as well.

Rep. Sargent’s bill would allow the “consensual” definition to change once a condom is secretly removed during consensual sex.  If in the middle of the act sex becomes non-consensual, it becomes assault.

In a news release Rep. Sargent stated, “This behavior is predatory and disturbing, and people should know we not only find it reprehensible, but that we won’t tolerate it. Ignoring it is simply not an option.”

“Stealthing” occurs when one removes his condom in the middle of sex without their partner’s consent.

One man spoke anonymously as to why he performed such an egregious act.  “Because it feels better with no condom on.”

However, a study published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, found men will “stealth” to “promote their seed”.  Alexandra Brodsky, a Legal Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center, investigated this practice and found multiple online communities of gay and straight men openly discussing this practice, swapping tips for how to remove a condom during sex unbeknownst to the partner/victim.

This type of assault traumatizes the victims and puts them at risk of unwanted pregnancy and/or dangerous sexually transmitted illnesses.  It violates multiple civil and criminal laws and in Switzerland a man was convicted of rape for “stealthing” during sex.

Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, had been accused of “stealthing” during a sexual encounter in 2010.  To date, no cases have been tried in the United States.

This is a developing story.

                                                                                                       LearnHealthSpanish.com                                                                                                         Medical Spanish made easy

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, Assistant Professor Touro University Nevada

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