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SM Groups & Law Enforcement: Group Issues

SM Groups & Law Enforcement: Group Issues

It is important for SM/leather/fetish groups to have an understanding of the relationship between the SM community and law enforcement and of the numerous legalities that can effect their group functions.  Once this is accomplished, the group can dispel myths, educate its members, and constructively interact with law enforcement as the need arises. 

This presentation will focus on three aspects:

(1) creating a good relationship with local law enforcement,
(2) avoiding legal trouble, and
(3) local considerations.
 
The law is a complex and ever?evolving system.  Its intent is to safeguard all the members of our society.   However, it has a long way to go before it takes all alternative lifestyles into consideration.  Eventually we will get there, but, in the meantime, we need to be as familiar with the law and law enforcement as we can be.  Utilizing our knowledge, people skills, and common sense, we can hopefully avoid becoming victimized by the society we live in.

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Consent Counts: We're Making a Difference

  • Completed Federal and State Legal Research
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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.

 

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Judy Guerin
Director, Consent Counts 
 
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