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Stealthing: sexual crime puts the lives of people at risk

Stealthing: sexual crime puts the lives of people at risk

would you feel that, at the end of a sex-match that started with a condom, you realized that you just had unprotected intercourse? This practice is called Stealthing and consists of removing the condom without the consent of the other person.

Stealthing can be practiced by anyone, but unfortunately the biggest victims are women. In a study published in the journal Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, the American lawyer Alexandra Brodsky, responsible for the work, affirms that there are groups and communities on the Internet where stealth- ing (mostly men) gather and share information about how to remove or burst the condom during sex.

Health risks

Criminal practice endangers the health of those involved according to gynecologist Barbara Murayama, coordinator of the Women's Clinic, are subject to several problems: "There is a risk of contracting some sexually transmitted disease, such as HIV, herpes, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory diseases, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HPV, and a second time an unwanted gestation at an inopportune moment. "

" The big problem about Stealthing is disrespect because a person is allowing you to access her body in a vulnerable way and you are going against the combination, for a feeling of pleasure and power, "says the gynecologist. And it is precisely this breakdown of something that has been combined that can bring serious psychological consequences to the victim.

Insecurity and Fear

In many cases, Stealthing ends up happening during casual relationships, when those involved are still getting to know each other. A very delicate trust connection is established, which when broken can generate strong psychological consequences. "Many victims may enter depressive periods, regardless of whether they have become pregnant or have contracted a disease. Generalized anxiety states, difficulties in establishing new affective bonds and inhibitions of sexual desire, ways of avoiding new sexual contact that reproduce the condition that lived, "says psychologist Oswaldo M. Rodrigues, of the Paulista Institute of Sexuality.

The motivations that lead one to remove the condom without the consent of the other are diverse, but the psychologist traces two profiles that are the most common among this We can also find a second type that can use the same arguments, but we can also find a second type that can use the same arguments, but does it to overlap, cause emotional damage, take away your pleasure from the other's malaise. knows the social rules and deliberately breaks them down to their own emotional benefit, "explains Oswaldo.

Stealthing is a crime?

One of the biggest difficulties for Stealthing victims is being able to punish the perpetrator. Lawyers Ana Paula Braga and Marina Ruzzi, from Braga & Ruzzi Advogadas, specialists in the defense of women's rights, point out that the difficulties are enormous, as in any sex crime, where the victim's word is not valued and the evidence is difficult "The machismo that exists in our society is also reflected in the police stations and the Judiciary, so many women have their word put in check when it comes to reporting sexual violence. stealthing, which is little known as a crime, the woman may face obstacles in recording the occurrence. Therefore, it is advisable to follow up with a lawyer who is a specialist in the area. in sex crimes in general, is to prove their occurrence, since these forms of violence are hardly witnesses, "they claim.The lawyers report that there is a possibility of seeking civil damages for moral damages and also seeking protection under some existing laws in Brazil. "Stealthing can be considered a crime called a felony sexual violation (article 215 of the Penal Code), which occurs when a person maintains a carnal conjunction or otherwise acts libidinously with someone through fraud or other means that prevents or hinders free manifestation In this case, the man would consent to the consent of the partner, who accepts the sexual relationship, believing that he is protected, if he knew that the condom would not be used or that it would be removed, he would not have accepted the relationship. "We can also frame stealthing in non-sexual crimes, but in periclita- tion of life and health.There is a crime called 'danger of venereal contagion,'" which, according to article 130 of the Penal Code, occurs when someone is exposed, through sexual intercourse or any libidinous act, to the contagion of disease area, that knows or should know that it is contaminated. In this case, you do not have to transmit a disease to your partner or partner.

What to do if I become a victim of Stealthing?

If you notice that something has happened strangely in sexual intercourse, seek help "In this way, you will receive the first precautions against hepatitis, HIV preventive cocktail, the morning after pill, medicines to avoid STDs, among other possible measures," it is important to ask for medical assistance and explain what happened. "Notwithstanding the emotional and institutional difficulties involved in the complaint procedure, it is still advisable for the woman to move forward, even to create an understanding that just is not acceptable, as it is also a crime. The police station can not refuse to register its police report and, if it is the wish of the woman, it must initiate the police investigation to investigate the crime. It is also possible to seek redress in the civil sphere through an action of moral damages. This way can be triggered independently of the criminal complaint. "

It is best to seek help from a woman's station by taking the available evidence, such as the condom that was removed, the partner's semen, if he has ejaculated, some message exchanged with the aggressor. "It is also necessary to make the representation, which is to give an express statement that you want to see your aggressor investigated, prosecuted and punished. This representation must be made within six months, counted from the date of the facts. This point is very important to be aware of, because the police stations do not always report their need, and the report ends up becoming mere statistics ", according to Ana Paula and Marina.

The psychological traumas that a victim may have, as previously mentioned , it is important to pay attention to your own signs and to know when it is time to seek help. "Through psychotherapy, it is possible to overcome the previous situation and build new behaviors to face a new relationship, valuation of sexual desire, the noble pursuit of sexual health, without dodging in the future, "concludes the psychologist.


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