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October 4, 2017
Press Release
Lawmakers request hearing on nonconsensual condom removal

Washington D.C. – Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) sent a letter requesting the House Judiciary Committee to convene a hearing addressing nonconsensual condom removal, commonly known as “stealthing.”

Nonconsensual condom removal should be recognized as a violation of trust and dignity between two sexual partners and acknowledged when developing policies to stop sexual assault and rape. “Stealthing” or nonconsensual condom removal during sexual intercourse is a dangerous practice with potentially lasting consequences, such as unplanned pregnancies and sexual transmitted infections. 

“Consent is not up for discussion, it is a requirement for the entirety of any sexual interaction. Stealthing violates an agreement between partners and is a dangerous form of sexual assault,” said Rep. Khanna. “The implications of the practice of nonconsensual condom removal are far-reaching with respect to the ongoing national conversation on the definition of consensual sex.”

“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. Stealthing is sexual assault,” said Rep. Maloney. “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.”

Nonconsensual condom removal is an emerging problem as covered in recent legal and academic articles. During a congressional hearing, testimony from expert witnesses would offer valuable insight into the details and implications of the practice itself as well as the legal and political consequences and solutions that Congress should consider.

Read the full letter to the House Judiciary Committee here.

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