Condom removal aka "stealthing" during intercourse where partners have a consensual agreement to use the contraceptive may soon be punishable by law, under a new House Bill filed by Ako Bicol party-list Representative Alfredo Garbin and Elizaldy Co. Stealthing also covers the removal of other contraceptive devices, or intentionally impregnating or infecting a sexual partner, without the consent of the sexual partner.
Under House Bill 3957, stealthing will be defined as a form of sexual assault under the Revised Penal Code or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997.
Sexual partners or victims, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, will be able to file sexual assault charges.
Proven offenders will be imprisoned for 12 to 14 years and eight months, with a fine between P100,000 to P500,000.
If victims were infected or impregnated, the violator will face jail time between 17 years and four months to 20 years, with a fine between P200,000 to P700,000.
If the offender intentionally infected or impregnated the victim, they'll face 20 years and one day to 40 years behind bars, with a fine of one to five million pesos.
A man would be liable for rape if he still continued the act of stealthing even after the sexual partner discovered the act and withdrew consent.
Ako Bicol party-list Representative Alfredo Garbin hopes that if the House Bill becomes law that it would lead to fewer cases of sexual assault involving sexually transmitted diseases and aid in reducing cases of HIV-AIDS.