Incident Reporting & Response – 1st Quarter 2020 Report

By Susan Wright, Director of IRR


NCSF’s Incident Reporting & Response received 36 reports & requests for assistance from individuals, groups and businesses in January, February and March 2020. This is nearly the same as the 38 requests received in the 4th Quarter of 2019, however only 2 reports were received in the latter half of March.

NCSF maintains the confidentiality of those who come to us for help, however we balance that need with the need to report the services we are providing and to provide the community with a record of where the need is the greatest.

Here is a breakdown of the cases we dealt with in the 1st Quarter of 2020:


15 organizations or people dealing with groups requested resources, slightly more the number in the 4th Quarter of 2019. The reports include:

  • 6 groups were asking about presenters/organizers or reporting they had banned someone
  • 3 groups asked for resources on dealing with a consent incident or proactively creating a consent policy
  • 2 groups needed PR assistance
  • 2 individuals needed assistance in dealing with group bans
  • 1 group was dealing with incorporation and zoning
  • 1 group was dealing with venue problems


There were 11 requests for resources and information involving criminal legal matters, compared to 13 in the 4th Quarter of 2019:  The reports include:

  • 8 requests came from people who reported sexual assault, restraining order, blackmail and/or harassment
  • 2 legal professionals needed referral for expert witnesses on BDSM
  • 1 report involved an arrest for sex work


There were 5 requests by professionals or for referrals to kink and polyamory aware professionals, compared to 6 in the 3rd Quarter of 2019:

  • 2 students needed educational resources for dissertations – CNM and kink/child custody discrimination
  • 2 professionals needed information on kink
  • 1 person was looking for a kink aware therapist, preferably in-patient care

Child Custody

There were 3 requests for resources and referrals for family court attorneys, compared to 4 in the 4th Quarter of 2019. The reports were:

  • 3 involved kink (1 with FetLife photos)


2 reports, compared to 4 in the 4th Quarter of 2019. The reports are:

  • 1 person is being sued for defamation for posting about consent violations involving polyamory
  • 1 professional was outed using FetLife photos