California Officially Enforces Removing Condoms Without Women’s Consent as a Crime

Illustration of a condom. The California law is the first in the US to specifically prohibit the practice of stealing or secretly removing condoms during sexual intercourse, which could expose a partner to an unplanned pregnancy or contract a sexually transmitted disease. (Source: Kompas.tv via Kompas.com)

LOS ANGELES, KOMPAS.TV – The State of California in the United States (US) issued a law prohibiting the secret release of condoms by men during sexual intercourse with women without the woman’s verbal consent.

In Uncle Sam’s country it is known as practice Stealthing.

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state’s law on Thursday (7/10/2021) yesterday classifying condom release without consent as a ‘sexual assault’ crime.

“By passing this bill, we (the state of California) underscore the importance of (verbal) consent,‘ the governor’s office said in a tweet.

Cristina Garcia, the California assemblyman who introduced the law, said the bill ensures that Stealthing not only immoral but also illegal.

The California law is the first in the U.S. to specifically prohibit the practice Stealthing or removing the condom discreetly during sex, which could expose the partner to an unplanned pregnancy or contract a sexually transmitted disease.

Also Read: Stealthing, the act of removing a condom during sexual intercourse that can be considered a crime in Australia

Illustration of sexual violence against women. The California law is the first in the US to specifically prohibit the practice of “stealthing” or secretly removing condoms during sex, which can expose a partner to an unplanned pregnancy or contract a sexually transmitted disease. (Source: Kompas.tv via Kompas.com)

Under the law, a person is considered to have committed a sexual assault when it causes contact between his or her sexual organs – using a condom contraception but then being secretly removed-, and the intimate parts of another person who does not verbally consent to condom contraception being removed.

The court will reward the violator with a punishment to be determined by the court.

Practice Stealthing attracted attention in the United States after a paper was published by a doctoral student, Alexandra Brodsky, in 2017 at Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.

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