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California proposes to punish men for removing condoms without partner's permission

A new law in California will make it illegal to remove a condom during intercourse without your partner's permission (called “stealth”). Writes about it Newsweek.

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The bill, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Christina Garcia, has passed the California State Assembly and will be sent to Governor Gavin Newsom's office. The bill received 73 votes with no objection.

This document is intended to add to the definition of a sexual offense, removing the condom without the consent of the partner.

The text of the bill states that “contact between the intimate part of a person and the genitals of another person, from which this person has removed the condom without verbal consent,” will be considered as sexual violence.

If signed, the law will not change the state's criminal code related to sexual assault, but will change the civil code to allow the victim to sue the "perpetrator."

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Garcia first introduced the bill in February. Then she said: the law will confirm that removing a condom without consent "is an illegal act that causes long-term physical and emotional harm to its victims, and those responsible must be held accountable in accordance with California law."

Garcia cited a 2017 Yale University study that called it "a serious violation of dignity and autonomy," and found such incidents to be on the rise among gay women and men.

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“I have been working on this problem since 2017. And I will not stop until the perpetrators of this act are brought to justice. Sexual assault, especially against women, is constantly hushed up, Garcia said. “It’s disgusting that there are online communities that advocate and encourage such actions and provide advice on how to avoid punishment for removing a condom without the consent of their partner. But there is nothing in the law that would make it clear that this is a crime. "

If the bill is signed into law, California will become the first state in the country to make unauthorized removal of a condom illegal.

A similar bill was previously introduced in the New York State Senate and was entitled "Withdrawal without Consent or Interference with a Sexual Protective Device." It was introduced at the 2017-2018 legislative session, but currently remains on the Senate committee. Wisconsin has previously proposed a similar law.

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