California has made it unlawful to take away a condom throughout intercourse with out verbal consent, a apply popularly referred to as “stealthing.”
Governor Gavin Newsom signed a invoice on Thursday that classifies the removing of a condom with out consent as “sexual battery.”
“By passing this invoice, we’re underlining the significance of consent,” the governor’s workplace mentioned in a tweet.
Cristina Garcia, a member of the California meeting who launched the invoice, mentioned it ensures that “stealthing is not solely immoral however unlawful.”
The California legislation is the primary within the nation to particularly ban “stealthing,” which may expose a accomplice to undesirable being pregnant or sexually transmitted illnesses.
Underneath the invoice, an individual commits sexual battery who “causes contact between a sexual organ, from which a condom has been eliminated, and the intimate a part of one other who didn’t verbally consent to the condom being eliminated.”
An offender is responsible for punitive damages that may be awarded by a courtroom.
The apply of “stealthing” attracted consideration in the USA after a paper was revealed by a doctoral pupil, Alexandra Brodsky, in 2017 within the Columbia Journal of Gender and Regulation.
Brodsky’s paper famous that there have been on-line boards that offered info on find out how to efficiently commit “stealthing,” a few of which have been subsequently shut down.
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