Stealthing: the risks of this practice in sex

Human sexuality is varied and diverse, and today most of the population can enjoy it more or less, with a large number of possible ways of exercising it. However, in recent times they have appeared and become popular different sexual practices that pose a health risk subjects involved, and even some who are directly sexually assaulted.

In this last group is furtive, a disturbing practice of recent emergence.

    What is stealth?

    Stealth is a sexual practice in which one of the people involved in the relationship (usually a man) he voluntarily removes the condom he used during sex without her sexual partner finding out or giving consent for an unprotected relationship. Both members have agreed to have sex with a condom, but unilaterally decide to remove the condom during sex. In this way, the subject’s sexual freedom is violated and endangered.

    It should be noted that stealth is a voluntary action on the part of the subject: the existence of accidents is not considered as such that the condom breaks or comes out by accident during penetration. Nor is it such that the withdrawal of the protection mechanism is something agreed to by both parties.

    This practice is more common in heterosexual couples., But also in same-sex couples. Subjects who perform it usually use changes in posture or breaks in the relationship to remove the condom. In some cases, it has been reported that the subject has had the condom removed and then put back on, and the event is not obvious to the victim.

      A high risk practice

      Stealth poses a high risk to the sufferer, And even for the person who practices it voluntarily. And it increases the risk of pregnancy, as well as the spread of various sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, syphilis, and gonorrhea.

      This dangerous practice is becoming particularly popular among young people despite its extreme danger, due to the transmission of information about it on social networks.

      Why is this done?

      Experts believe the practice originated in groups who believed they had the right to expand their genes, still unaware that their sexual partners they were at risk of becoming pregnant or of being infected with a disease.

      Some of the subjects are actively seeking to induce pregnancy. Other subjects practice this practice to increase sexual pleasure. Another common reason is that the person is viewed as a challenge that the couple does not notice the condom being removed, motivated by the risk of being discovered.

      Legal Consideration: Stealth as Sexual Assault

      Although the intercourse itself is accepted by both parties, the practice of stealth it is a form of sexual abuse: The person has agreed to maintain relationships under certain conditions that the person performing the stealth violates. The victim of the abuse in question believes he is in a protective relationship, which is withdrawn without his consent.

      Ultimately, this is a non-consensual sexual practice, which is punishable by law. According to the Spanish Penal Code, the person who, without his consent, commits acts that violate sexual freedom or indemnity will be held responsible for the sexual abuse, which stealth accomplishes. Sentences can range from one to three years in prison or fines from eighteen to twenty months. And this is not just happening in our country. For example, in states like California, it has been incorporated into the definition of rape.

        The need for prevention and awareness

        In many cases, both those who practice it and those who suffer from it do not consider that a crime has been committed or that its action is dangerous.

        Many cases go unreported because some of the victims are unaware that it is a crime or even consider that having consented to sleep with the aggressor, this practice in question is also implicitly consensual. As for the abuser, many do not consider themselves to be breaking the law or committing abuse, or to discount their act.

        This issue needs to be addressed at a multidisciplinary level. In addition to working legally, prevention strategies must be established that they can avoid this type of non-consensual practices, inform about their risks and their seriousness and inform the population.

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