California has become the first US state to make “stealthing”, or non-consensual condom removal during sex, illegal.
“We wanted to make sure that it’s not only immoral, but illegal,” said California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who introduced the bill.
The move has been celebrated as an important step after recent efforts to pass similar legislation in New York and Wisconsin failed.
While awareness of “stealthing” has grown in recent years, the legislative response has lagged.
Even in countries where it has been deemed sexual assault – including the UK, New Zealand and Germany – it’s rarely prosecuted, in part because of difficulties in proving intent.
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