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This Man Was Convicted of Rape After Removing a Condom Mid-Sex

Anxiety about safe sex tends to subside if your partner uses a condom, but what would happen if your partner went against this agreement in the middle of sex? After a French man chose to discreetly remove a condom during sex without his partner’s permission, he has been convicted of rape for the decision.

Broadly reports that Switzerland’s Federal Supreme Court has marked the 47-year-old man’s actions as rape in a case the victim’s lawyer calls “a first in Switzerland.” When the pair began having sex after initially meeting through Tinder, the decision was consensual and involved a condom, but the French woman soon discovered that her partner had taken it off. According to The Independent, the court ruled that the man would receive a 12-month suspended sentence, meaning he may not actually serve any time for the crime.


The landmark case has been linked to the case against Julian Assange, who has also been accused of interfering with condoms during sex. UK law labeled Assange’s actions as rape.

While the decision to convict the man is monumental, such results rely on the people involved in interpreting each case.

“So much comes down to what kinds of myths or attitudes individual jurors have about women and sex and what constitutes rape and what isn’t rape,” Dr. Sinead Ring from the University of Kent told Broadly. “The law can do so much, but really it comes down to juries and getting them to make decisions that aren’t contaminated by rape myths.”

Although this case ended with rightful punishment for the man, similar situations may not end so smoothly. The verdict teaches us that there needs to be more education about safe sex and consent so that there is less judgment directed at victims in these scenarios. 

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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