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Introduction
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
(NCSF) is a national advocacy organization promoting tolerance of consenting adults who practice safe, sane and consensual alternative forms of sexual expression. NCSF represents the millions of Americans who suffer discrimination and persecution because of their normal interests in some form of alternative sexual expression.

What is Alternative Sexual Expression?

Some Quick Facts:

  • Millions of adult Americans practice some form of SM, fetishes, swinging or polyamory in their loving and caring relationships.
  • These people have created over 500 local nonprofit support groups, and hundreds of businesses across the country.
  • This is not some "tiny" minority, nor is it one whose members are on the "fringes" of society. People from all walks of life, including professionals, parents, teachers and police officers; and individuals of all sexual orientations, practice alternative sexual expression in some form.
  • In the 1999 Violence & Discrimination Survey conducted by NCSF, of the 1,000 people surveyed who practiced SM-Leather-Fetish activities, 30 percent had suffered discrimination and 36 percent had suffered violence or harassment because of their interests.

 

Additional Information:

What is SM?
Overview of S/M as a sexual orientation, contrast between SM & domestic violence & more

SM vs. Abuse
Guidelines for distinguishing between safe, sane & consensual SM & abuse

Interview Contact List
Individuals from the SM-Leather-Fetish community available for interviews

What is the Lifestyle?
Overview of demographics of swingers, and social and sexual attitudes

What is Polyamory?
Overview of demographics of polyamory, benefits and types of relationships.

For additional information, contact Susan Wright at 917-848-6544 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Consent Counts: We're Making a Difference

  • Completed Federal and State Legal Research
  • Developed Educational Programs and Outreach Materials
  • Built Alliances With Sexual Freedom Advocacy Groups

About Consent Counts

NCSF is leading a major national campaign—Consent Counts—to change the laws and police practices that our communities now endure, and to establish that consent is available as a defense in criminal BDSM prosecutions.

  • BDSM is prosecuted as assault in the U.S., even when it is consensual.
  • No state or appellate court has allowed consent as a defense to assault in BDSM cases.
  • Consent Counts is a nationwide project to decriminalize consensual BDSM.
 
Program Goals:
Consent Counts
is a nationwide project to decriminalize consensual BDSM through education, advocacy, legal actions and lobbying.

 

Contact:
Judy Guerin
Director, Consent Counts 
 
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