2012 Incident Reporting & Response Program Report
In 2012, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) again took the lead in defending the rights of individuals and groups in the SM-leather-fetish, swing and polyamory communities. NCSF’s coalition of over 60 educational and social groups is committed to creating a political, legal, and social environment in the United States that advances equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual expression.
NCSF received 474 distinct inquiries/requests for assistance. More than half required more than one contact/response to resolve, often requiring multiple contacts. Each incident sometimes required only one or two phone calls, but some evolved into much larger projects.
It is difficult to categorize many incident requests as clearly falling into one camp or another. Many overlap in categories. For example, many of our custody/divorce related issues involve at least 2 of our core constituent groups (i.e. SM/leather/fetish and poly for example). In trying to do a statistical breakdown of the requests, we placed it in the category it most clearly matched.
Of the inquires, the majority were driven by SM/leather/fetish related issues. However, due to the ongoing outreach and work NCSF has been doin in the swing community, we have seen an increase in requests for help from swing interests – primarly swing business establishments.
2012 saw a trend continue with an increased number of requests around criminal and domestic violence or SM/abuse related issues. NCSF had contact with more than 35 attorneys representing defendants in criminal cases. In addition, we worked with more than 40 district attorneys and prosecutors related to SM issues. The vast majority of these criminal cases revolved around domestic abuse or consensual sex/play issues.. Our Community Discussion Guide on Consent, along with the Legal and Community Support components of our Consent Counts program hopes to help address the issues regarding consent we have both in and out of our communities.
We continue to receive a number of requests for assistance from groups, businesses, and other support organizations who want information about how to operate legally, do law enforcement outreach, file for non-profit status, deal with the media or the press, do hotel/event outreach, or do research around zoning or other legal issues. In addition, a large component of our IRR program continues to work with parents and families around custody and divorce issues.
NCSF’s implementation of SalesForce has helped us manage our Incident Response requests in a significantly more professional and consistent way. It provides for direct access by someone needing help through a new customer service portal and it allows NCSF staff/volunteers to track and log all calls and action on any given request. We have also trained a new volunteer for our IRR program and hope to add another this year.
NCSF is here to help you — the SM, swing and polyamory communities. If you have a problem with discrimination, persecution, or harassment because of your sexual expression, please call NCSF for assistance. You can submit a request for assistance online or find a Kink Aware Professional (KAP) on our website as well at www.ncsfreedom.org. Emergency contact information is available by calling our office at 410.539.4824, 24 hours per day.
Please support NCSF in our effort to change the political, legal, and social environment in the United States. We are committed to making a difference. Join NCSF as a member or please hold a fund-raiser and donate to NCSF!