Man Found Guilty of Rape After ‘‘Stealthing’

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A New Zealand man was found guilty of rape after removing a condom during intercourse without the consent of the woman.

A Wellington man was found guilty of rape after removing a condom during intercourse without the consent of the woman.

This is the first recorded conviction for this form of offending in New Zealand, according to Wellington District Crime Squad chief, detective senior sergeant Haley Ryan.

When a partner has only consented to sex with security, stealth is the non-consensual removal of a condom during sex.

The crime was made public in the BBC series I May Destroy You, in which a character is a victim of theft.


A conviction for the non-consensual removal of a condom during intercourse, according to Dr Samantha Keene of Victoria University of Wellington, recognises that consent to sex with someone who is wearing a condom at the time it starts does not mean the consent persists until the condom is removed.

“Removing a condom during sex exposes the people involved in that activity to health risks, so sexually transmitted infections, HIV and in heterosexual encounters, unintentional pregnancies.”

Dr. Keene believes that survivors and perpetrators may be unaware that removing a condom during intercourse without consent is a type of sexual assault.

“A conviction for stealthing recognises the seriousness of this conduct for survivors, so it may encourage others to come forward and report their experiences,” she said.

The man will be sentenced in court later this month.

The New Zealand Herald reported earlier this year that the number of sexual assaults in Wellington had risen by nearly 50% in the last five years.

Within the Wellington police border, reports of sexual attacks and associated offenses have increased by 46% from 157 in 2015 to 230 in 2020.

While Ryan claims this is the first recorded conviction for this form of crime, a police spokesperson told the NZ Herald that they can't easily distinguish cases based on the nature of the offense because stealthing is classified as a "sexual violation" in the police system.

his article originally appeared on NZ Herald