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Consent Counts

Watch this video to learn about Explicit Prior Permission, the new legal framework for consent to kink in the Model Penal Code on Sexual Assault

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Best Practices

Best Practices for Consent to Kink

Best Practices for Consensual Non-monogamy

Public Policy Papers

American Law Institute (ALI) Project

A summary of how NCSF worked with The American Law Institute (ALI) to help decriminalize consensual BDSM in June 2021.

The ALI Project was necessary because BDSM activity, even where clearly consensual, has been prosecuted under state criminal laws dealing with assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault or interpersonal violence. This summarizes the state of the law prior to the approval of Explicit Prior Permission for consent to BDSM by the ALI.

According to the ALI, “consent” means a person’s willingness to engage in a specific act of sexual penetration or sexual contact.

This Consent Counts Statement was created in 2013 by soliciting the input of NCSF Coalition Partners, Supporting Members and educational/event organizers over a period of two years to ensure that the definition of consent reflects the standards of the BDSM-leather-fetish communities.

A one-page summary of the Consent Counts Statement.

Legal Cases and Law Review Articles Dealing with Consent

State by State Assault Laws

Guides for Groups, Events and Clubs

Assistance for Individuals

Got Consent for Kink

Got Consent for Non-monogamy

NCSF’s survey launched in 2020 as a follow-up to the Consent Violations Survey

NCSF’s survey launched in 2014 to gather details about consent violations in a BDSM context

NCSF’s 2012 survey to gauge respondents’ views on consent in a BDSM context. 

Consent Counts on FetLife

A program of the Foundation of the NCSF