‘It’s rape’: Queensland government to ban sex act ‘stealthing’


Shannon fentiman is queensland attorney-general and will introduce transgender law reform
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Queensland will outlaw sex act “stealthing” – the non-consensual removal of a condom during sex – as well as adopt an affirmative model of consent in reforms to sexual violence laws.

A 2018 Australian study suggested one in five gay and bisexual men and one in three women had experienced “stealthing” by a sex partner.

Last month, separate research found 80 percent of Australians agreed non-consensual removal of a condom should be a crime.

Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said the government would introduce and legislative amendments next year to explicitly recognise “stealthing” as rape.

“The practice of ‘stealthing’, that is, the non-consensual removal of a condom, is rape and the law in Queensland should clearly reflect this fact,” she said.

Under the Queensland law changes, “stealthing” would be punishable by a maximum penalty of life in prison.

When the state passes the amendment it will follow NSW, Victoria, the ACT, South Australia and Tasmania which have also made the practice illegal.

Queensland to adopt affirmative model of consent

Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said the Queensland government will also put move towards to an affirmative model of consent.

Queensland currently define consent as “being freely and voluntarily given by a person with the cognitive capacity to give it”.

A government taskforce has recommended Queensland move to an affirmative model of consent. The model would require consent be “agreed” to rather than “given”.

“[This model] will better reflect community expectations of equality and mutual respect in sexual relationships and drive changes in the way sexual offences are prosecuted and defended,” Fentiman said.

She said the government will introduce and pass the changes next year. As well as outlawing stealthing and overhauling consent laws, the government will also criminlaise coercive control.

Fentiman said a community education campaign to improve awareness and understanding about sexual violence, including consent.

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Jordan Hirst
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3 Comments

  1. Peter Turner
    25 November 2022
    Reply

    At long last!!

  2. Julian
    27 November 2022
    Reply

    Imagine living in extreme Police judicial corouption fueled by Christian Homophobia Transphobia BIAS.
    LGBT citizens living in mining townships here suffer the Hate Speed from the American owned Newspapers and TV sky news channel including one religious TV Chanel that are particularly Homophobic Transphobic leading to LGBTQ Suicides. GAY aboriginal and Torres strait islanders are still Hunted by the police force because of complaints LIES spread by Red Necks.

  3. Paul
    30 November 2022
    Reply

    Long Overdue!

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