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(Video) ‘Smart dress’ reveals 3 women touched 157 times without consent in 4 hours

on Tuesday, 01 January 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Sun Daily

Swiss beverage company Schweppes recently teamed up with advertising agency Ogilvy Brasil to work on their new campaign called “Dress For Respect” to shed light on the sexual harassment of women in Brazil. “Dress for Respect” is a smart dress, designed with powerful sensors that are triggered when the wearer is touched.

This 12-Step Group Meets in the Basement of a Fetish Shop

on Sunday, 30 December 2018. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Narrative

For kinksters, there are real risks involved with publicly outing oneself. One study conducted by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom found that 37.5 percent of BDSM practitioners had experienced some form of harassment or violence due to the social stigma attached to their sexual behavior. Parents risk losing custody of their children, others put their jobs on the line.

“Everyone shares about their wives and family members in A.A. meetings,” Brother Wolf continues. “I can’t talk about my two partners. I love A.A., but I also need fellowship with people who understand what being a part of an alternative lifestyle is about.”

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Abused then arrested: inside California's crackdown on sex work

on Friday, 28 December 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Guardian

But Alix Lutnick, a researcher with RTI International and expert on trafficking, said that there is growing recognition that john stings don’t actually help victims – and can instead lead to their arrest. “What we hear from people who are selling sex is that these type of ‘end demand’ initiatives end up resulting in more harms for the very people we are purportedly trying to protect.”

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NCSF Annual Meeting

on Thursday, 27 December 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

Come to Portland for NCSF’s Annual Meeting of our Coalition Partners in 2019!

March 2nd & 3rd
9 AM – 5 PM on Saturday and 9:30 AM - Noon on Sunday
@ Ramada Portland Airport, 6221 NE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97220

To make a room reservation, call 503-255-6511
Ask for the "corporate rate" for $64 per night

The meeting will be available via video conferencing. Please RSVP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the details if you’d like to participate online.

The year-end reports on NCSF programs, the budget and financials, and our goals for the year are discussed and approved by Coalition Partner representatives. Along with the Board Members, NCSF Advocates and Staff, the meeting is open to all members of NCSF and its member organizations.

The Board Members are also elected at the Annual Meeting. If you would like to run for the NCSF Board, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to submit a bio or get more information. NCSF has a working board with each Board Member taking responsibility for a project or program for NCSF.

NCSF will be going to events throughout the weekend in Portland, so please contact us to find out more.

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Polyamorous sex is the most quietly revolutionary political weapon in the United States

on Wednesday, 26 December 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Quartz

Rios says polyamorists today are far less politically zealous than in his younger years. “When I started off, anyone who was polyamorous was making a radical social statement,” he says. “These days, you get a lot of people who are in it because they want a more open sexuality. These people are not necessarily liberal, or feminist, or anything.” Many do, however, care about diversity.

Action Alert!

on Friday, 21 December 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

The 'End Banking for Human Traffickers Act' will possibly restrict banking for anyone engaged in sex work, similar to the effects of FOSTA/SESTA on websites.
 
There is an active campaign to fight this bill.
 
If you want your legislators to listen, send a fax, email or phone call. This site will send a fax or letter for you:
 

 

First Congress Took Sex Workers’ Websites. Now It’s Coming for Their Bank Accounts.
Lawmakers’ latest attempt to fight human trafficking could end up hurting voluntary sex workers.

Huffington Post

“What a lot of organizers are worried about is how these broad anti-trafficking initiatives are often applied in a targeted manner that hurts more vulnerable people rather than helps them,” Liara Roux, a sex worker and producer of independent adult media, told HuffPost. “If this bill is passed in a climate where sex work is so stigmatized that no distinction is made between a trafficked individual and someone who is just trying to survive, you’re just as likely to see vulnerable people’s bank accounts closed as actual traffickers caught.”

Below is a Sample letter you can send to your Senators through Tribunus:

Like FOSTA/SESTA, this bill will have virtually No effect on stopping sex trafficking. But it will have a very real effect on people who engage in consensual, in some places completely legal, sex work. Even law enforcement has voiced their negative stance regarding these types of laws which do nothing to actually prevent sex trafficking.

This morality-based effort bears little weight against the experience of persons who have been trafficked. Why don't you ask the sex worker outreach programs what they actually need to help people who want to escape non-consensual sex work? Or the investigators who fight these criminals? Or the sex workers who are being harmed by these laws? They will tell you that conflating sex work with sex trafficking is not the way to help people who are sex trafficked.

That controversial ‘sex-positive’ club in Tacony never closed and neighbors no longer care

on Thursday, 20 December 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Inquirer Philly.com

“I think one of the biggest concerns was the shock factor, that this was going to be like a swingers club," said Pete Smith, who inherited the dispute when he became president of the civic association in May. “There were some misinterpretations, myself included. But look, they haven’t been a problem. ... No one’s complained, so their business is not affecting anybody, and when I came in as president, I took a look at it and thought, why can’t we just work together?”

End of the Year Giving - Support NCSF!

on Tuesday, 18 December 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

Happy Holidays! Thank you to everyone who donated and supported NCSF this year. Your donations have helped NCSF assist almost 300 people, groups and businesses, as requests for dealing with discrimination and persecution have nearly tripled this year compared to 2016.

Your donations also help NCSF educate professionals about kink and nonmonogamy, and maintain our free Kink Aware Professionals database.

Please donate to the Institute for 21st Century Relationships (the NCSF Foundation) and receive a tax deduction letter - https://nationalcoalitionforsexualfreedom.wildapricot.org/Donate

And thank you to everyone who held a Facebook fundraiser for NCSF this year! This is a custom link for you to create and share your own Facebook fundraiser for NCSF - https://www.facebook.com/fund/NCSFreedom/

NCSF is a coalition of over 130 groups and businesses, along with dozens of professionals and dedicated activists working together for change. Every penny you donate goes directly to our advocacy efforts!

We know there are many worthy causes, but we hope you'll consider supporting NCSF, as we fight for the rights of kinky and nonmonogamous people and their communities.

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