WHAT THE BILL WOULD DO
AB 453 would make it illegal to remove a condom without consent during sexual intercourse. This bill by Democratic Assemblymember Cristina Garcia of Downey would make it so that “stealthing” — nonconsensual condom removal — be considered sexual battery under the state’s Civil Code, allowing victims to sue their sexual partners for damages.
WHO SUPPORTS IT
Erotic Service Providers Legal Educational Research Project, a legal advocacy group that argues this piece of legislation is of particular importance for sex workers.
WHY IT MATTERS
A 2017 Yale University study that found nonconsensual condom removal is becoming “a common practice among young, sexually active people.” Victims have expressed fears of pregnancy and disease. This measure, if signed, would make California the first state in the country to outlaw stealthing.
GOVERNOR’S CALL: ✅
Newsom signed the bill on Oct. 7.