On paper, Anna DiBella's experience appears to be a success. She went to the police and reported a sexual assault. Her alleged offender is currently being prosecuted. However, DiBella stated that it took her weeks to persuade the RCMP to investigate and charge a man for removing a condom during intercourse without her knowledge. She described the experience as one that made her feel vulnerable all over again.
The Surrey, British Columbia, resident went on a date with someone she met on the online dating app Bumble in early April. She stated that the evening was off to a good start. She stated she brought him home and they started consenting intercourse with a condom. DiBella stated that the man had an erection and begged her to allow him to remove the condom. She stated that she insisted on his wearing it because she was not on birth control.
He asked her to flip over at one point, she claimed. DiBella called a local rape hotline after evicting the man and discovered that what had happened to her was often referred to as "stealthing." The term refers to the practice of discreetly removing a condom during otherwise consensual intercourse. While this isn't a new development, Canada's courts are being asked to weigh in on the definitions of sexual activity and consent and a stealth case is now on its way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The next day, DiBella reported the incident to the RCMP. She did not want the police to come to her house while her two small children were present, so she booked an appointment to make her statement at the station. She claimed to have received a call from the investigating officer prior to this.
That discussion, according to DiBella, marked the beginning of her campaign to have her case treated seriously. She began calling the detachment nearly every day, inquiring as to why her case was not being investigated. She claimed that a few weeks later, after interacting with several authorities, she was informed that a warrant for the man's arrest had been issued.