REPRESENTATIVES ASK COMMITTEE TO BAN STEALTHING
Two federal lawmakers say stealthing or the act of secretly removing a condom during sex should be considered a form of sexual assault and congress should address the problem. Representatives Carolyn Maloney, and Ro Khanna, (both from the democratic party) asked the House Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on the trending occurrence, they called it “disgraceful” and “incredibly dangerous” and “a sexually transmitted disease risk” in a letter and larger report addressed to the committee.
STEALTHING LEADS TO PREGNANCIES AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE
“‘Stealthing’ can lead to lasting consequences,” their letter read, “such as unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, and is also a violation of trust and dignity between two sexual partners.” The report claims that stealthing is common among millennials with victims being both men and woman.
Stealthing victims are worried they will become pregnant or get a sexually transmitted disease, but the impacts went beyond the physical consequences. Survivors have experienced nonconsensual condom removal as a clear violation of their bodily independence and the trust they had placed in their sexual partner.
REPORT CLAIMS THE LAW CAN HELP PROVIDE RELIEF TO VICTIMS
The report said some legal maneuvers may provide relief to victims, but suggested new legal remedies may be needed. “I am horrified that we even need to be having this conversation, that a sexual partner would violate their partner’s trust and consent like this. It’s is sexual assault,” said Representatives Maloney and Khanna.
“We need a hearing so that Congress can hear from the experts about how to best address this issue as we continue to amend our country’s and universities’ responses to sexual assault and rape.” Maloney said the committee should explore it’s prevalence, whether it alters consent and if legal recourses are sufficient. The effects of stealthing, Khanna said, are “far-reaching.”
“Consent is not up for discussion,” he said, “it is a requirement for the entirety of any sexual interaction. This violates an agreement between partners and is a dangerous form of sexual assault.”