“Stealthing” Could soon be Classified as Sexual Assault or Rape

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What is “Stealthing”?  “Stealthing” is removing a condom without permission.  It is not new, as it has been done for decades.  But for the first time in U.S. history, it could now be considered an act of sexual assault.

According to BuzzFeed News, Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Mellissa Sargent is the first in the nation to propose the bill, that would modify their states interpretation of consent to ensure that sex is not consensual if a “partner removes a sexually protective device, like a condom, during a sexual act without telling the other person who agreed to have sex with that device intact.”

This law would also apply to women too.  It would affect women who wear diaphragms, cervical caps and other devices intended to prevent pregnancy.  Rep. Cristina Garcia of California has also introduced legislation last week that would expand the state’s definition of rape, to include tampering with a protective device during sex.  If the law passes, anyone accused of stealthing could face rape charges and jail time.

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