Sexual practice of ‘stealthing’ could now result in an offender going to prison for LIFE in one Australian state
- A person can now to jail for life in South Australia if they indulge in ‘stealthing’
- A bill has passed the upper house and is set to be approved by the lower house
- SA Best MP Connie Bonaros said the ‘repugnant and disgusting act’ is common
A practice of removing a condom during sex without consent is about to be criminalised, with offenders facing penalties of up to life in prison.
‘Stealthing’ will be outlawed in South Australia once it passes the state parliament’s lower house after being approved by the upper house on Wednesday.
One in three women have fallen victim to the ‘repugnant act of betrayal’, a Monash University study found in 2018.
The ‘repugnant and disgusting act of betrayal’ should have been criminalised years ago, SA Best MP Connie Bonaros said in a statement.
‘Under the new legislation, the removal of a condom during sex without the consent of the other person will now be a crime punishable by up to life imprisonment,’ she said.
Monash University research revealed one in three women and one in five men, who have sex with other men, had been victims of the practice, after 2,000 participants were surveyed.
The stealthing act was described by the amendment to the criminal law consolidation act as when a ‘person agrees to engage in the activity because of a misrepresentation (whether express or implied) as to the use of a condom during the activity’, the ABC reported.
Ms Bonaros said the practice is ‘more common than most people believe’, with her private bill being backed by the government.
Attorney-General Kyam Maher said the bill will make sure the ‘insidious practice’ is covered by the state’s criminal law.
‘There have been many calls from advocates to criminalise this under state law to make sure we’re explicitly ruling this as a crime.
‘Other states have moved in this direction — Tasmania and the ACT have already passed laws.’