Criminalize Removing a Condom Without a Partner’s Consent

Target: Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin

Goal: Support a bill which would legally classify the act of non-consensually removing a condom as a form of sexual assault.

Thanks in part to a recent article published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, the subject of ‘stealthing,’ or removing a condom without a partner’s knowledge or consent, has been brought to larger public attention although the act itself has likely occurred for as long as condoms have existed. While stealthing is not currently classified as a form of sexual assault anywhere in the United States, it poses the same potentially life-altering consequences of unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that rape does, and leaves its victims feeling just as violated.

A new bill in Wisconsin seeks to protect women and men from this reprehensible act in unambiguously declaring that the removal of a condom, or any other device intended for safe sex, without a partner’s knowledge of consent is in fact a form of sexual assault. Should this bill pass, victims of stealthing will be able to report these incidents as a crime and seek justice.

Criminalizing stealthing is a necessary step in the right direction toward a consent-based culture which respects bodily autonomy and equal rights. All too often in America, issues of consent are swept under the rug in discussion on sexual assault, leaving survivors hesitant to come forward for fear of being blamed. Sign this petition to tell Wisconsin’s governor that, should this bill pass the state’s House of Representatives, it must be immediately signed into law.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Walker,

The act of “stealthing” has recently entered the public vernacular as a term for removing a condom during sex without notifying one’s partner or receiving consent. This act is not only wrong on moral grounds, it also poses a number of serious consequences for the victim involved, ranging from unintended pregnancy to the transmission of a sexually transmitted disease.

At this time, there is no legal classification for this act as a form of sexual assault, making it extremely difficult for survivors to seek the justice they deserve. The new bill introduced by Representative Melissa Sargent would address this issue so that, as she states, “people should know we not only find [this behavior] reprehensible, but that we won’t tolerate it.”

We demand that, should this bill pass the state’s house and senate, you immediately sign it into law so that the perpetrators behind this vile behavior can be punished.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    said anything about removing condoms?

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