California could become the first state in the United States to make removing a condom without consent during sex illegal, classing it as sexual battery. Democratic Assembly member Cristina Garcia on Monday introduced legislation that would add nonconsensual condom removal – otherwise known as “stealthing” – to the state civil code. If passed, nonconsensual condom removal would be classed in California as sexual battery and allow a victim to look for damages. It would not lead to jail time.
Garcia introduced a similar bill in 2017 but shelved it because it lacked enough support to advance. “I have been working on the issue of ‘stealthing’ since 2017. And I won’t stop until there is some accountability for those who perpetrate the act,” she said. “Sexual assaults, especially those on women of color, are perpetually swept under the rug. So much stigma is attached to this issue, that even after every critic lauded Micheala Coel’s ‘I May Destroy’ for its compelling depiction of the horrors of sexual abuse including of ‘stealthing,’ it got zero Golden Globe nominations. That doesn’t seem like an accident or coincidence to me.”
I’ve been working on the issue of ‘stealthing’ since 2017. & I won’t stop until there is some accountability. It’s disgusting that there are online communities that defend & encourage stealthing, because there is nothing in law that makes it a crime.https://t.co/o0VYyiEONc pic.twitter.com/X01XXq6DX6
— Cristina Garcia (@AsmGarcia) February 10, 2021
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