California makes it illegal to remove condoms without consent

California makes it illegal to remove condoms without consent

It is currently unlawful in California to remove a condom during intercourse without verbal agreement, a technique known colloquially as “stealthing.”

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation that defines the removal of a condom without consent as “sexual battery.”

In a tweet, the governor’s office stated, “By passing this bill, we are emphasizing the significance of consent.”
Cristina Garcia, a California assembly woman who proposed the measure, stated that it guarantees that “stealing is not just unethical but criminal.”

The California legislation is the first in the country to expressly prohibit “stealing,” which can expose a partner to an undesired pregnancy or sexually transmitted illnesses.

According to the law, sexual battery is committed when a person “causes contact between a sexual organ from which a condom has been removed and the intimate part of another who did not verbally consent to the condom being removed.”

Punitive damages may be granted by a court against an offender.

The practice of “stealing” gained attention in the United States with the publication of a study by a PhD student, Alexandra Brodsky, in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law in 2017.

According to Brodsky’s study, there were internet forums that gave advice on how to successfully conduct “stealing,” some of which were later taken down.

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