How victims can seek justice “stealthing”

Now this is one of those what the fuck moments, now I am sure if you are reading my blog you know IHow victims can seek justice am open to all different types of fetishes and everyone has there own thing. But “Stealthing” is fucking wrong!!

There has been a new study explores the phenomenon of “stealthing” this is the purposefully & nonconsensual removal of condoms during sex.

So the study, written by Alexandra Brodsky for the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, features interviews with victims of stealthing. Brodsky also does a deep dive into the online world of men who feel entitled to “bareback” sex without their partner’s consent, regardless of that partner’s gender.

Ultimately, Brodsky argues, stealthing is an act of gender-based violence that may violate a number of civil and criminal laws.

Brodsky said she wanted to study the phenomenon because, as she entered law school in the fall of 2013, she realised how many of her women friends were “struggling with forms of mistreatment by sexual partners that weren’t considered part of the recognised repertoire of gender based violence ― but that seemed rooted in the same misogyny and lack of respect.”

How victims can seek justice Brodsky, who is now a Legal Fellow for National Women’s Law Centre what she found in her research was a group of victims who knew that something about being stealthed felt incredibly violating, but they “didn’t have the vocabulary” to process it.

 She opens the study with the story of one woman, Rebecca, who had been stealthed herself, and who worked on a sexual violence crisis hotline. She found that many women were calling the hotline to try to suss out their experiences of having been stealthed. Their stories often start the same way Rebecca said. “’I’m not sure if this is rape, but…’”

Victims are confronted with not only the potential repercussions of condom-less sex ― pregnancy, STIs, HIV and AIDS ― but similar feelings of confusion and shame to those who have been victims of other kinds of sexual violence. After all, women who have been stealthed have been forced into a sexual act to which they have not consented. One victim in the study called the act of stealthing “rape-adjacent.” Another shared how the experience left her feeling violated and “freaked out.”

Obviously the part that really freaked me out…was that it was such a blatant violation of what we’d agreed to, I set a boundary. I was very explicit.”

It’s worth noting that, earlier this year, a man in Switzerland was convicted of rape for this very act. In the study, Brodsky writes, “Survivors [of stealthing] describe nonconsensual condom removal as a threat to their bodily agency and as a dignitary harm. ‘You have no right to make your own sexual decisions,’ they are told. ‘You are not worthy of my consideration.’”

How victims can seek justice

Now to online communities who defend stealthing as a male right like seriously WHAT THE FUCK GUYS as a male i feel disgusted, particularly a right of every man to “spread his seed” ― regardless of if said man is engaging in straight or gay penetrative sex. The study quotes from comment threads and forums in which men “train” other men about stealthing best practices, and offer support and advice in their pursuit of nonconsensual condom removal during sex.

The proponents of ‘stealthing’ root their support in an ideology of male supremacy in which violence is a man’s natural right. Because of the connection between stealthing and sexual assault, and the fact that both acts are rooted in beliefs of male dominance and supremacy, Brodsky believes there is reason for victims to pursue justice.  In the study, she highlights the preexisting tools in the legal system, should victims of stealthing wish to pursue any kind of legal recourse (none of the victims featured in the study did).

“Survivors experience real harms ― emotional, financial, and physical ― to which the law might provide remedy through compensation or simply an opportunity to be heard and validated,”

But Brodsky also acknowledges that the systems in place to support sexual violence survivors often do the opposite.

We know that the law doesn’t work for gender violence survivors, Many of the myths and assumptions and forms of skepticism that we see from judges approaching rape victims and other kinds of sexual assault victims are likely to be present in stealthing cases.

Sandra Paul, a solicitor at Kingsley Napley, explained the legalities of stealthing. Despite the assumption that “consent” is only an issue in rape cases, Sandra says it’s much more complex than that. Consent in the law is specific, and only applies to each act.

That means: if you have sex with someone who has said they’re going to use a condom and they don’t, consent is removed, and they could be convicted. One case saw a husband convicted of rape because his wife only consented to have sex with him if he withdrew, and he didn’t. He appealed the conviction but lost.

Sandra says: “If I say I’m going to have sex with you in a certain way, if you do it different, you don’t have consent for the other act. This would be considered rape.”

Which is why, in the study, she concludes that a new statute might be the best way to go ―  not just because victims might want to press charges or pursue a case against the person who stealths them, but because having the vocabulary and means to discuss more forms of gender violence will be helpful in both preventing the acts and recovering from them.

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“The law isn’t the answer for everyone, and it can’t fix every problem every time,” Brodsky said. “One of my goals with the article, and in proposing a new statute, is to provide a vocabulary and create ways for people to talk about what is a really common experience that just is too often dismissed as just ‘bad sex’ instead of ‘violence.’”


Jon the nudist

Jon the nudist

Well, my name is Jon the Owner of You Only Wetter a 37-year-old, Poly practicing, Dom with two great kids. I am a happy busy internet geek with a love of all things Google and I love spending time sitting on the sofa watching the latest Dr. Who, Mythbusters or a movie. I am a nudist mostly at home but do like to go down to the beach and bare all or go for a little walk around some hidden woodland really would like to do the whole nudist holiday :)

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