The nonconsensual removal of a condom during sex could be considered sexual battery under a bill introduced by California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) on Monday.
“California’s Civil Code currently characterizes sexual battery as someone who acts with the intent to cause a harmful or offensive contact with an intimate body part of another, and as a result, commits a sexually offensive act. The perpetrator is liable for damages,” KTLA reported.
Bill AB 453 would add a provision saying an individual commits sexual battery if that person causes “contact between a penis, from which a condom has been removed, and the intimate part of another who did not verbally consent to the condom being removed.”
Garcia has pursued the legal amendment for several years, arguing that “stealthing” is an offense that burdens victims with physical and emotional harm, the Sacramento Bee reported.
In a press release Monday, Garcia said she