American Law Institute (ALI) Project
Explicit Prior Permission defines how to get consent for BDSM.
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.
Consent Month – Celebrate in September
Consent Signs – Download our consent signs!
Consent in Context – Watch the video
Consent Counts Statement
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.
Consent Counts Legal Databases
Guides for Groups, Events and Clubs
Assistance for Individuals
Surveys on Consent
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.
A program of the Foundation of the NCSF