WHAT IS BANG UNDERCOVER?
A campaign to stop 'stealthing'.
WHAT IS 'STEALTHING'?
Removing a condom intentionally during penetrative intercourse without the consent of a partner.
The term 'stealthing' has come into popular use recently - as Katie Russell from the charity Rape Crisis has said, "It's a very acceptable term for something that's extremely unacceptable and actually an act of sexual violence."
WHY IS 'STEALTHING' BAD?
'Stealthing' is a crime of consent. Sex without a condom involves a greater degree of risk than without, both of pregnancy and of STIs. We want people to have consensual, safe, fun sex with their partners.
WHY DOES REMOVING A CONDOM WITHOUT PERMISSION BREACH CONSENT?
When you consent to having sex with a condom, you're agreeing to having sex with a condom on. Under law, consent is required for each sexual act, and is specific to the agreed-upon act.
If two people agree to use a condom, or one of them agrees to sex so long as a condom is used, and their partner deliberately removes the condom and does not tell them, it is hard to see how consent to the act has continued. The consent, in this scenario, is contingent on a condom being used.
HOW CAN WE STOP IT HAPPENING?
Make people aware that it happens. Make people aware that it's a crime.
HAS THIS HAPPENED TO YOU?
We're really sorry and hope you're getting the right support. While we're not qualified to provide this support, these organisations can help:
We hope this campaign will help to stop it happening again, to anyone. If you feel comfortable sharing your story with us, please get in touch to tell us. We think it's important for people to talk about how they have been affected by sexual assault, but we will make sure to treat your experience as confidential and get your explicit consent before sharing your story.