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31% were requests for referrals (criminal, divorce, custody, zoning, etc…)
18% were requests for NCSF support regarding group/club/business formations
15% were custody/divorce related
9% were media driven/press related issues
9% were employment discrimination
7% were regarding harassment/domestic violence assistance
7% were other/misc.
- 4% were criminal in nature
- 58% were driven by SM/leather/fetish issues
- 22% by poly
- 17% by swing
- 3% by other
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.
2005 saw an increased number of requests around criminal and employment issues. NCSF worked with more than 2 dozen attorneys representing defendants in criminal cases. The vast majority of these criminal cases revolved around domestic abuse or consensual sex/play issues. There is a clear need for education within our own communities about the role and limits of consent and for education to police authorities about the differences between SM and abuse.
The largest category of requests were for referrals. NCSF's addition of the KAP resource should in time lower the number of requests for referrals that need to be handled by a person since we’ll be able to refer people to the KAP database. It will be extremely helpful to us to be able to set up some kind of system or way to track the where/why/who of the users of the KAP database.