By Digital Afro Contributing Writer Issac Morgan: Issac is a distinguished graduate of Florida A&M’s School of Journalism. He is an avid writer covering diverse topics including politics, digital media, sports, & social reform.
A dangerous new sex trend among men has become a major issue recently causing damage to victims of all ages and races. In a report by the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, the act of “stealthing” is being classified as a sexual crime where perpetrators remove their condom without their partner’s consent. What’s even more troubling, is the fact that many men encourage one another to ‘stealth’ their partner’s in order to “plant one’s seed,” per a recent New York Post report. Stealthing is the same as rape or any form of sexual abuse, with many victims left with the same emotional distress attached to mental health illnesses such as PTSD and depression.
The study begins with Rebecca, a student worker at at rape crisis center. Rebecca discovered that many calls she received were about victims describing experiences in line with stealthing. The New York Post has the full story about the dangerous sex trend below.
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Lead author of the report Alexandra Brodsky argues that “stealthing,” when a man secretly removes his condom in the middle of sex, is a form of sexual assault and should be treated as such.
Even more troubling is the online community Brodsky uncovered, where men encourage other men to “stealth” their partners. These perpetrators believe it’s a man’s right to “spread one’s seed.”
“One of my goals with the article, and in proposing a new statute, is to provide a vocabulary and create ways for people to talk about what is a really common experience that just is too often dismissed as just ‘bad sex’ instead of ‘violence,’” Brodsky told the Huffington Post.
Not only does “stealthing” leave a victim vulnerable to pregnancy or STDs, it causes the same type of emotional, physical and financial harm that stems from other, more clearly defined, violent sex acts. One of the victims Brodsky interviewed for the report called the act “rape-adjacent.” Another victim described what happened with her partner as a “blatant violation of what we’d agree to.”