Woman Who Poked Holes In Partner’s Condoms Is Jailed
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A woman who poked holes in a condom in the hopes of getting pregnant without her partner’s knowledge has been jailed in Germany.
The 39-year-old was convicted of sexual assault of her 42-year-old ‘friend with benefits’.
The two had been involved in a casual relationship since early last year, but the court was told the woman began to develop feelings for the man.
However the feelings were not mutual, with the man said to be happy with things the way they were.
The woman’s sabotage of their protection did not lead to a pregnancy, but she did send the man a message on WhatsApp in which she claimed she was and where she admitted to poking holes in the condoms.
In response to her admission, the man decided to press criminal charges against her, and she later admitted to attempting to manipulate her partner, local paper Neue Westfälische reports.
The woman had been facing charges of rape, but these changed to the lesser charge of sexual assault.
Jailing the woman for six months, Judge Astrid Salewski told the court: “We have written legal history here today.”
The incident comes several months after lawmakers in California made ‘stealthing’ illegal.
Stealthing is the name given to the act that involves someone removing a condom without their partner’s consent.
The new law was introduced by California State Assembly's Cristina Garcia in October last year. Speaking at the time, Garcia said: “This law is the first of its kind in the nation, but I urge other states to follow in California’s direction and make it clear that stealthing is not just immoral but illegal.”
Garcia was reportedly inspired to write the bill after reading a study on the issue authored by civil rights attorney Alexandra Brodsky.
Speaking to NPR following the passage of the California law, Brodsky said: “The experience of realizing that your partner, your sexual partner, has no concern for your autonomy, your individual dignity, your right to make decisions about who you have sex with, when and how, that’s a terrible violation regardless of whether a physical injury occurs, regardless of whether a pregnancy occurs.
“Civil litigation keeps decision-making in the hands of survivors, which can be particularly important in the wake of sexual violence, which is itself a denial of the victim’s right to make decisions about their lives.”
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