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Some Men Remove Condoms Without Partner’s Consent

“While overlooked by the law, nonconsensual condom removal is a harmful and often gender-motivated form of sexual violence,” she wrote.

Why might men “stealth”? Some prefer the sensation of sex without a condom, but reasons for the deception could go deeper than that. In her research, Brodsky read online discussions in which men considered condomless sex a “natural male instinct—and natural male right.” One respondent felt that accepting a penis meant accepting semen as well.

Partners do not always know that stealthing has occurred. In some cases, the discovery is made when the man ejaculates. However, Brodsky noted one case in which the victim did not know until she was told the morning after the sexual encounter. Another woman said her partner’s penis was so small, she could not tell that he had removed the condom.

What should you do if you’re a victim of stealthing? First, see your healthcare provider. He or she can conduct STI and/or pregnancy tests and refer you to a counselor who can help you work through your feelings. You might also consider discussing your case with a legal expert.


Chicago Tribune

Schoenberg, Nara

“Bringing ‘stealthing’ — nonconsensual condom removal — out of the shadows”

(April 27, 2017)

Columbia Journal of Gender and Law

Brodsky, Alexandra

“‘Rape-Adjacent’: Imagining Legal Responses to Nonconsensual Condom Removal”

(Full-text. 2017)

NBC News

Rosenblatt, Kalhan

“‘Stealthing’: Victims Describe Partners Removing Condoms During Sex Without Consent”

(April 29, 2017)

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