California Government Newsom signs bill banning ‘stealing’ – removing condom without consent during sex

California Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a bill that makes it explicitly illegal to remove a condom during sex without consent.

The state is the first to do so by expanding the civilian definition of sexual battery and allowing victims to sue for criminal damages.

“I’ve been working on the issue of ‘stealing’ since 2017, and I’m glad there’s now some responsibility for those who commit the act,” said Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who wrote the bill according to the Sacramento Bee. “This law is the first of its kind in the nation, but I urge other states to follow in the direction of California and make it clear that stealing is not just immoral, but illegal.”

Garcia started working on the bill in 2017.

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That same year, a Yale University study found that acts of “stealing,” as it is commonly called, were on the rise toward both women and gay men.

The Erotic Service Providers Legal Educational Research Project, which supported the bill, said the law would help protect sex workers by allowing them to sue clients who remove condoms.

Stealing can expose victims to sexually transmitted diseases or unwanted pregnancy.

California Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a bill that makes it explicitly illegal to remove a condom during sex without consent.

California Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a bill that makes it explicitly illegal to remove a condom during sex without consent.
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The bipartisan bill was approved with zero ‘no’ votes, according to Bien.

Stealthing was rarely prosecuted under the previous law – although legislative experts said it could be considered a sexual battery offense – because it is difficult to prove that the condom was not accidentally removed.

Newsom also signed another bill written by Garcia that ends the legal distinction between spouse and other forms of rape.

“Rape is rape,” Garcia said. “And a marriage license is not an excuse to commit one of society’s most violent and sadistic crimes.”

There is no difference in the maximum penalties, but those convicted of spousal rape at the moment may be eligible for probation instead of jail or jail. They should only register as sex offenders under applicable law if the act involved the use of force or violence and the spouse was sentenced to state prison.

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On Wednesday, the governor also extended the statute of limitations for civil claims against law enforcement officers who sexually assaulted someone while on guard, in uniform or while armed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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