Incident Reporting & Response – 3rd Quarter 2020 Report

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By Susan Wright, Director of IRR

NCSF’s Incident Reporting & Response received 40 reports & requests for assistance from individuals, groups and businesses in July, August and September, 2020. That is a 29% increase from the 2nd Quarter of 2020 when 26 reports were received.

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 3rd Quarter of 2020:

Criminal

There were 11 requests for resources and information involving criminal legal matters, compared to 12 in the 2nd Quarter of 2020:  The reports include:

  • 8 reports came from people who were assaulted, sexually assaulted, harassed, threatened, blackmailed, and reporting the sex offender status of someone
  • 2 people requested resources and referrals for attorneys to assist in defending themselves against criminal charges or a restraining order
  • 1 report involved the legality of sex work

Professionals

There were 10 requests regarding professionals compared to 3 in the 2nd Quarter of 2020:

  • 6 people are looking for a kink or poly aware therapist or mediator
  • 2 professionals needed information on BDSM as therapy or research
  • 1 student needed information on international kink groups
  • 1 person needed resources to deal with a mental health institution

Groups

9 organizations or people dealing with groups requested resources, compared to 7 who requested help in the 2nd Quarter of 2020. The reports include:

  • 4 groups asked for resources on dealing with a consent incident or proactively creating a consent policy
  • 2 groups were asking about presenters/organizers or reporting they had banned someone
  • 1 group is dealing with incorporation and zoning
  • 1 person asked about how to deal with being sanctioned or banned
  • 1 group needed information about dealing with a media crisis

Civil

There were 7 reports compared to 2 in the 2nd Quarter of 2020:

  • 3 people reported they were threatened with being sued
  • 1 person reported they had been called as a witness in a defamation case
  • 1 person was fired because they were accidentally outed as kinky
  • 1 person reported that their private information was exposed without permission
  • 1 business was ordered to cease operating their craft shop for zoning reasons

Child Custody

There were 3 requests for resources and referrals for family court attorneys, compared to 2 in the 2nd Quarter of 2020:

  • 2 involved kink (1 involving FetLife photos)
  • 1 involved non-monogamy