Removing a condom without consent is now a violation of California’s civil code under new law

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The Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a bill that expands the definition of sexual battery to include the intentional removal of a condom without verbal consent, an act commonly referred to as “stealthing.” Assembly Bill 453 amends California’s civil code to include stealthing and therefore allow victims to pursue a civil lawsuit for damages. Though current law prohibits “harmful or sexually offensive contact with the intimate part of another,” according to an AB 453 analysis, the new law clarifies any legal ambiguity around nonconsensual condom removal. Assembly…

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