Wisconsin and California lawmakers take aim at 'stealthing'

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Lawmakers in the U.S. states of Wisconsin and California are moving to criminalise stealthing - the act of removing a condom or other contraceptive devices during intercourse without the knowledge of the partner. "There are victims and predators".

However, the approval of the other partner is mandatory and it is what determines whether it was rape or not, she wrote, "In some cases, the harm could potentially be arguably even worse than a sexual assault", she wrote.

Wisconsin state representative Melissa Sargent.

"I've heard from a number of people who said, 'I felt terribly betrayed, but I didn't know what to call it, so I didn't know I was right to be angry, right to be hurt, '" Brodsky told the Tribune. "The issue isn't whether or not "stealthing" is happening", she wrote to NBC News, "it's whether or not we're going to do something about it".

Google searches for "stealthing" spiked after Brodsky used it in April, but the term was around well before that.

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"This is rape", Sargent said. Sara McGovern, a spokeswoman for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline, said they've received calls about stealthing but do not track calls by topic and have no data on the frequency or timespan of such calls. Garcia announced her bill at a rally with Planned Parenthood, denouncing online forums that have encouraged the practice as a way for a male to assert his right to "spread his seed".

And while there are now no known US laws that encompass stealthing as sexual assault, other countries such as Switzerland and Canada have already prosecuted condom compromisers. "This behavior is predatory and disturbing, and people should know we not only find it reprehensible, but that we won't tolerate it".

Rhonda Fields was shocked to learn this is trend and said she will be looking for ways to specifically outlaw stealthing. Yet while writing her article, Brodsky told the Chicago Tribune, she found no record of a US court ever hearing a stealthing case.

"Whether or not we consider it to be a kind of sexual assault (and I do not), stealthing subjects people to health and pregnancy risks that the people at issue never agreed in any way to accept", Colb wrote.

Sargent told HuffPost on Tuesday that the act of stealthing is "creepy and egregious", and that she also made sure to use gender-neutral language in the law to ensure that victims of all genders and gender identities are supported. Unless people know that, Sargent told NBC, many might not know how to classify what happened to them. It doesn't apply to other contraceptive devices. Co-sponsors can sign on until May 19. Victim's advocate groups in Wisconsin haven't taken a stance on the bill yet because analysis of "stealthing" and its legal repercussions are still evolving, reported the Capitol Times earlier this week. "So glad to see legislators addressing non-consensual condom removal".

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