Man who removed condom during sex cleared of rape conviction

·Freelance Writer

A man who was convicted of rape after he was accused of deliberately removing his condom without his partner’s knowledge during sex has had his conviction cleared.

The unidentified man has instead been convicted of defilement by a Swiss court, after he successfully argued that he did not remove the condom on purpose.

He had met the woman on dating app Tinder and the pair agreed to have sex at her home, where she refused his request to remove the condom.

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However, she later discovered that the condom had been removed and filed charges against the man over fears she had become pregnant or contracted a sexually transmitted disease.

The man denied removing protection deliberately and refused to have an HIV test and was convicted of rape before it was changed to defilement.

The act of removing a condom during sex without the partner agreeing is known as ‘stealthing’.

It changes the act of consensual sex to non-consensual and “survivors experienced nonconsensual condom removal as a clear violation of their bodily autonomy and the trust they had mistakenly placed in their sexual partner,” according to a study by the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.

The study noted that men would carry out the practice to increase pleasure or to satisfy a need for dominance.

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