By Canela López Yahoo News

If passed, AB 453 would categorize stealthing as a form of sexual battery and allow survivors to sue for emotional and physical damages.

The bill would amend the state definition of sexual battery to include a person “who causes contact between a penis, from which a condom has been removed, and the intimate part of another who did not verbally consent to the condom being removed.”

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) told the Los Angeles Times that, while stealthing has been an existing problem, it has gone unrecognized legally because of its covert nature.

“It’s been going on for awhile. There’s blogs online that are helping individuals, teaching them how to get away with this,” Garcia told the Los Angeles Times. “We need to be able to call it what it is in order to be able to deter behavior.”

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