It's called "stealthing," although many call it sexual assault, and authorities are raising the alarm about this growing trend.
An alarming new report indicates that a frightening new sex trend is starting to become increasingly common among young people. The disturbing practice of “stealthing” involves men removing condoms without the knowledge or consent of their partners.
The term “stealthing,” which was recently described in a report in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, has an unclear origin, but the report indicates that many websites may have given men instructions on how to perform it without their partner knowing.
“Online writers who practice or promote nonconsensual condom removal root their actions in misogyny and investment in male sexual supremacy. While one can imagine a range of motivations for ‘stealthers’—increased physical pleasure, a thrill from degradation — online discussions suggest offenders and their defenders justify their actions as a natural male instinct — and natural male right,” Alexandra Brodsky writes for the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.
Suzanne D. Goldberg, Columbia Law School professor and director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality at Columbia Law School, told NBC News that she thinks this has been going on a long time, but promoting it on the Internet is a recent phenomenon.
“I do think that it is the group of people — the group of men, who seem to celebrate and promote stealthing online, that seems to be a new phenomenon,” Goldberg said.
“None of the victims of nonconsensual condom removal interviewed considered bringing legal action, and no record is available indicating that a United States court has ever been asked to consider condom removal,” Brodsky wrote. “Nonetheless, 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.”