SA outlaws stealthing in sex law reform

December 01, 2022 09:02 AM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
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Stealthing, the practice of secretly removing a condom during sex, will be criminalised under new laws passed by the South Australian parliament.

The reforms were introduced by SA-Best upper house MP Connie Bonaros and supported by the Labor government.

They follow the introduction of similar laws in Tasmania and the ACT, with Queensland's government also pledging to criminalise the practice.

When she introduced the bill, Ms Bonaros said stealthing was a repugnant and disgusting act of betrayal that could cause unimaginable levels of damage to a person's physical and psychological wellbeing.

"This includes the possibility of contracting a sexually transmitted infection disease, unplanned and unwanted pregnancies, severe mental health or depression, and in some reported cases, post-traumatic stress disorder," she said.

"It should have been criminalised years ago."

Attorney-General Kyam Maher said stealthing was an utterly abhorrent act.

"These reforms will ensure it is recognised as unlawful conduct in cases of sexual assault and can be punished under the full weight of the law," he said.

The new SA laws also make changes in how sexual assault matters are treated by the courts, allowing wider scope for expert evidence on the issue of consent and expanding jury directions in cases when consent is an issue.


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