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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  
Millions of adults engage in SM, swing, and polyamory activities. Many experience discrimination and persecution due to negative stereotypes that are encouraged by the media and religious political extremists. NCSF's 1998 Violence & Discrimination Survey found that 30 percent of the respondents experienced discrimination, while 36 percent suffered violence or harassment. SM Behaviors involving the consensual exchange of power, and intense erotic stimulation and/or mental and emotional discipline to produce sexual arousal and satisfaction. Over 12 percent of adults have engaged in SM practices (also known as BDSM, leather or D/s).* Swinging Social and sexual interaction with someone other than your significant other, with each couple honestly defining the limits of their activities for themselves. 2 percent of adults have tried swinging (also known as the Lifestyle).** Polyamory Committed, loving relationships that involve more than two adults consensually exploring love and sex outside of traditional monogamy. Four percent of adults have engaged in sex with another person and their spouse.** * Janus, S., and Janus, C. The Janus Report on Sexual Behavior, 1993. ** Reinisch, J. Kinsey New Report on Sex, 1990.
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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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