Incident Reporting & Response – 4th Quarter 2020 Report

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By Susan Wright, Director of IRR

NCSF’s Incident Reporting & Response received 23 reports & requests for assistance from individuals, groups and businesses in October, November and December, 2020. That is a 38% decrease from the 3rd Quarter of 2020 when 40 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 4th Quarter of 2020:


There were 6 requests for resources and information involving criminal legal matters, compared to 11 in the 3rd Quarter of 2020:  The reports include:

  • 4 reports came from people who were assaulted, sexually assaulted or needed an expert witness to explain BDSM
  • 1 person requested resources and referrals for attorneys to assist in defending themselves against criminal charges
  • 1 report involved the legality of public BDSM behavior


5 organizations or people dealing with groups requested resources, compared to 9 who requested help in the 3rd Quarter of 2020. The reports include:

  • 2 groups were asking about presenters/organizers or reporting they had banned someone
  • 1 group asked for a consultation on consent policies and what to say publicly about them
  • 1 group needed resources in dealing with harassment
  • 1 event asked about how obscenity law and regulations


There were 4 requests regarding professionals compared to 10 in the 3rd Quarter of 2020:

  • 1 person was looking for a kink aware therapist
  • 2 professionals needed information on BDSM or a KAP trauma-support group for referral
  • 1 professional needed referrals to journalists to write an article about discrimination


There were 4 reports compared to 7 in the 3rd Quarter of 2020:

  • 2 professionals needed KAP attorneys due to discrimination in the workplace due to kink
  • 1 person needed a pro-bono attorney to sue their abuser for damages
  • 1 person reported they were threatened with being sued for defamation

Child Custody

There were 4 requests for resources and referrals for family court attorneys, compared to 3 in the 3rd Quarter of 2020:

  • 2 involved kink and non-monogamy
  • 1 involved kink
  • 1 involved non-monogamy