Sex is not a game - Authorities concerned about new erotic trend

May 29, 2017
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The National Family Planning Board has denounced the growing sexual trend, dubbed 'stealthing', where men deliberately remove condoms during consensual sex with their partners. However, the body opposes recommendations by some women to make the act a criminal offence.

"This is simply an irresponsible behaviour. We do not uphold behaviour of this nature," director of communications and public relations at the organisation, Dianne Thomas, said.

"But I don't think we should go the route as a country in formulating a law that is going to, in essence, clamp down on men who are removing condoms from their penises."

Several Facebook users said that lawmakers should make the act a criminal offence, when THE STAR posted the question online.

One user commented:" I think it should be made a crime. Permission is key during sex. Anything done without mutual consent should be an assault."

Another commenter said: "This is a form of sexual assault. It is done without consent and may lead to unfavourable circumstances."

Other persons simply described the act as 'disgusting'.

While not she does not believe there should be a law against stealthing, Thomas told THE STAR that women should be on the lookout as the act could be detrimental to their health.

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"It's not only the case of exposing her to sexual transmitted infections, including HIV, it also exposes her to pregnancy. We would want women to exercise caution. Do not run into relationships where they know little about the man," she said.

"In cases where women realise that this has happened and she is afraid that she might have contracted sexual transmitted infections, she has the options of visiting a doctor to be tested. She could also do an HIV test because they are available. And, there is also what we loosely call the morning after pill. This is widely available in pharmacies across the island."

Head of the police's Corporate Communication Unit, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, said that once consent has been given, then an offence hasn't been committed.

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