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2008 BDSM Survey

NCSF supports research on kink and non-monogamy to dispel the misconceptions about sexual minorities. The following are a list of NCSF-affiliated surveys

Narrative Project

Everyone has a story. What’s yours?

 

NCSF would like to hear from you if you’ve been discriminated against because you are kinky or non-monogamous. We want to hear from you if you’ve been outed or if you’ve outed yourself as a fetishist, a cross-dresser, a leatherman or leatherwoman or that you’re in a polyamorous or Lifestyle relationship. We want to hear if your consent has been violated or if you’ve been sexually assaulted in a BDSM or non-monogamous encounter.

 

We will share your story anonymously on www.ncsfreedom.org. Please fill out one of these short surveys for each incident you’d like to tell us about.

 

To make sure you get to choose the details to include, we will only publicize the information you write in the sections at the end: Tell Us Your Story and What Can Be Done? The demographic information will only be used in the analysis of the data gathered in this project. For liability reasons, we cannot publish any names in your story.

Demographic Info

1.   Gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Intersex, Non-Binary

2.   Orientation: Heterosexual, Gay/Lesbian, Same Gender Loving, Bisexual, Pansexual, Queer, Asexual, Other

3.   Race/Ethnicity: White, Hispanic/Latino/Spanish origin, Black or African American, Asian, American Indian or Native American, Middle Eastern or Northern African, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Other

4.   Age: 17 or younger, 18-30, 31-50, 51-70, 71+

5.   What is your current personal annual income (before taxes)?

7.      State:

8.      Country:

 9.      Type of Story

Coming out: kink, non-monogamy, both

Outed: kinky, non-monogamous, both

Discriminated against: kinky, non-monogamous, both

Consent violated: during kink, non-monogamy, both

Intersection of race, gender, class, economic or social status with your kink or non-monogamy, both

Other

 10.  When did this happen? In the past year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, 20+ years

11.  At the time, did you have any experience with an educational or group, event or website for kinky or non-monogamous people?

12.  Now are you active in an educational or group, event or website for kinky or non-monogamous people?

13.  Tell Us Your Story:

14.  What Can Be Done? What did you do to respond, and what worked and did not work as well? What could other people have done to help you, and how would they have known? If you could tell your younger self how to deal with it, or if you had advice for someone who is now beginning to be in that same situation, what advice would you give?

 

 

Thank you. We understand that telling your story may cause you feelings of discomfort or distress. If you would like to talk to someone, please contact NCSF’s Incident Reporting & Response at 917-848-6544 to speak to Susan Wright and get a referral for a professional who is kink aware.

 

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Psychological Functioning and Violence Victimization and Perpetration in BDSM Practitioners from the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (2015)

The project was designed to examine three general areas:

1) Investigate BDSM as an identity, fantasy, activity and culture.

2) Investigate the psychological functioning of BDSM practitioners.

3) Investigate the violence victimization and perpetration experiences of BDSM practitioners.

Tech Report

Consent Violations Survey (2015)

The Consent Violations Survey was launched in 2014 to gather additional details about consent violations in a BDSM context. It expands on data found in the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom's 2012 Consent Survey that gauged attitudes about consent and consent violations within a power exchange context. The Consent Violations Survey includes information on the severity of consent violations, who is being violated, where they were violated, the relationship and intent of those involved, the power dynamic at the time of the violation, as well as information about false accusations and from people who have committed consent violations.

Tech Report

 What Do Polys Want? An Overview of the 2012 Loving More Survey

From February 10th to April 2nd 2012, Loving More, with the endorsement of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) conducted an internet-based survey of over 4000 participants who self-identify as polyamorous. This is the largest survey of self-identified polyamorous individuals to date. With the exception of five questions, all the questions were drawn from among those asked in the NORC's[1] biennial General Social Survey (GSS) in order to compare a sample of the polyamory community with the general US adult population.

Loving More Survey

NCSF Violence and Discrimination Survey (2008)

The 2008 Survey of Violence & Discrimination Against Sexual Minorities found significant discrimination and persecution against BDSM practitioners due to the social stigma attached to their sexual behavior. With over 3,000 respondents, 37.5 percent indicated that they had either been discriminated against or experienced some form of harassment or violence. This survey addresses the gap in current knowledge by reporting data on the prevalence of violence and discrimination against BDSM and polyamory practitioners. The persecution of these individuals is a manifestation of sexual stigma, ie. society's negative regard for any non-heterosexual behavior, identity, relationship or community. This data is compared to the 1998 Survey of Violence & Discrimination.

Fast Facts from the Survey

In Their Own Words

Survey Analysis