Stealthing refers to the act of removing a condom without consent prior to sexual intercourse without a partner's knowledge. This may occur when a person removes the condom prior to inserting their penis into their partner, or when a person simply claims to be wearing a condom when, in fact, they are not. Victims of stealthing are at risk of sexually transmitted infections as well as pregnancy. Because it is a non-consensual sexual act, many courts consider it a form of sexual assault or reproductive coercion, including Canada, Germany and the U.K..
Stealthing may also be known as "non-consensual condom removal." Although it is hard to say how common it is, one survey out of Australia found that one in three women and one in five men had been victims.
Civil rights attorney Alexandra Brodsky was one of the first people to write about the act of stealthing in a legal context in her paper for the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law in 2017. As of 2022, California is the only U.S. state with laws that specifically pertain to stealthing.