The governor for the state of California, Gavin Newsom has signed into law, what is known as the California Stealthing law that makes removal of condom during copulation without the consent of the other, illegal.
The act known as Stealthing becomes illegal and considered a sexual battery in the state of California with the coming into force of the California Stealthing law. The law is an amendment to Section 1708.5 of the Civil Code of the state of California.
What is stealthing?
Stealthing or Nonconsensual condom removal is when a partner secretly removes a condom being used as protection during a sexual act without seeking the consent of the other.
California Stealthing law (Full Text)
(a) A person commits a sexual battery who does any of the following:
Penalties for stealthing
The law states that stealthing is a civil illegality and one who commits the act is liable to the person at the receiving end. Such a person can sue for nonconsensual condom removal and the court can grant equitable relief, including, but not limited to,
- 1. an injunction
- any other relief the court deems proper.