Australia Capital Territory Criminalizes Stealthing

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Stealthing, the non-consensual removal of a condom, is a crime in several jurisdictions, including California. See here.

Last week, the Australia Capital Territory became the first jurisdiction in Australia to criminalize stealthing. Here is an excerpt of relevant press coverage:

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has become the first Australian jurisdiction to criminalise the act of stealthing – the non-consensual removal of a condom during sex.

The bill, introduced by Liberals leader Elizabeth Lee​ in April as an amendment to the Crimes Act, passed in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday with unanimous support.

The full story is here. More press coverage is here.

The bill was introduced by Elizabeth Lee, a leader of the Canberra Liberals. Ms. Lee said (here) that “We need to act proactively and send a clear message to the community that this behaviour is unacceptable, and a crime.”

A Monash University study conducted in 2018 found (here) that approximately 1/3 of all women who have sex with men and 1/5 of all men who have sex with men have been the victim of stealthing.

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