Ro Khanna Asks DOJ to Formally Address Sexual Assault Practice of “Stealthing”
Nonconsensual condom removal during sexual intercourse -- a practice known as "stealthing" is dangerous. It can lead to lasting consequences, such as unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, and is also a violation of trust between two sexual partners. Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) on Friday sent a letter to AG William Barr asking him to clarify the Department of Justice’s stance on "stealthing." In the letter, Khanna and NY Dem Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney pressed Barr to explain the DOJ’s process in collecting data on "stealthing" and what, if any, guidance is sent to states about this type of sexual assault. “It is our belief that the Department should specifically require inclusion of data on incidents of nonconsensual condom removal in sexual assault reports submitted by state and local law enforcement and when publishing statistics regarding the prevalence of sexual assault in our country ... Without consistent data on sexual assault across the country, we run the risk of not having the facts necessary to combat it,” the pair wrote. “We urge the Department to explicitly address nonconsensual condom removal when issuing guidance to state, local, and tribal agencies and when collecting data from those same entities.” More here.