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. Download the pdf
SM vs. Abuse - Leather Leadership Conference Statement This brochure is intended to help law enforcement and social services professionals understand the difference between abusive relationships vs. consensual sadomasochism (SM).
Law Enforcement Field Guide to SM The purpose of this brochure is to provide law enforcement with a basic level of understanding about adults whose sexuality and lovemaking includes consensual sadomasochistic (SM) activities, and to provide information to assist you when you encounter an SM event.
The Sexual Freedom Resolution is a stand against discrimination by professionals in the field of sexuality and sexual health. This Resolution can be submitted to civil, criminal and family courts by people who are stigmatized because of their sexual expression in order to help them get a fair trial on the merits of their case. We encourage organizations that serve mental and health professionals to sign onto this resolution, as well as educational groups and Kink Aware Professionals. Sexual Freedom Resolution Working within the framework of social justice and human rights, we support the right of freedom of sexual expression among consenting adults. We affirm that sexual expression is central to the human experience, that this right is central to overall health and well-being, and that this right must be honored. We support the right to be free from discrimination, oppression, exploitation and violence due to one's sexual expression. The best contemporary scientific evidence finds that consenting adults who practice BDSM, fetishes, cross-dressing and non-monogamy can be presumed healthy as a group. We believe that any sexuality education or therapies that treat sexual problems must avoid stigmatizing or pathologizing these forms of sexual expressions between fully informed consenting adults. As professionals in the field of sexuality and sexual health, we actively seek to destigmatize consensual sexual expression and sexual practices among consenting adults, as well as to help create and maintain safe space for those who have been traditionally marginalized. To sign the resolution please email
Signed by: National Coalition for Sexual FreedomAASECT (American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists)CARAS (Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities)Center for Positive SexualityProjects Advancing Sexual Diversity (PASD)Science of BDSM Research TeamTASHRA (The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance) Groups; Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment (ISEE) CPI/The Mark Integrative Empowerment Group, PLLC Wiser Sex Therapy Wellspring Counseling Center Institute for Personal Growth Inamorata PolyDallasMillennium QPK Counselling Southwest Sexual Health Alliance Bay Area Open Minds HarmonyUS, Inc. Professionals; Tamara Pincus LICSW, CST Megan Pollock, M.S., LPC Robert Odell MSW LICSW John P. Condron, M.S., L.C.P.C., N.C.C. Gracie Landes, LMFT Matt Hunter, LPC Laurie Thornton, MA, CAGS, LMHC Karen Torry Greene, MSW, LCSW, DBTC Domina Katherine, CCH Jamila M. Dawson, M.A. Allen C. "Kit" Howell Karen Torry Greene, MSW, LCSW, DBTC Eli Mayer, Clinical Psychologist Elizabeth Sheff, Ph.D. CASA, CSE Geri Weitzman, PhD David E Shannon, LICSW Diane Gleim, MA,…
The mission of the NCSF - Legal Education Outreach Program is (1) to provide information to members of the SM-Leather-Fetish, swing and poly communities concerning legal issues that may affect them, (2) to provide education, as appropriate, to law enforcement and other authorities about the our communities, and (3) to assist and support the outreach and education efforts of local alternative communities to local authorities.
Some Quick Facts: Millions of Americans practice some form of kink or nonmonogamy in their loving and caring relationships. These consenting adults have created over 1,000 nonprofit educational and social groups, and hundreds of businesses across the country. People from all walks of life, including professionals, parents, teachers and police officers, practice kinky sex. In the 2008 and 1998 Violence & Discrimination Surveys conducted by NCSF, 37% of the 3,000 people surveyed said they had been discriminated against or suffered from harassment or violence Additional Information: BDSM vs. Abuse Guidelines for distinguishing between safe, sane & consensual SM & abuse What is Polyamory? Overview of demographics of polyamory, benefits and types of relationships. What is the Lifestyle? Overview of demographics of swingers, and social and sexual attitudes
Tristan Taormino interviews former NCSF Executive Director Judy Guerin. "Sex Activist Judy Guerin Talks Bush and BDSM" Reprinted with permission from On Our Backs Magazine By Tristan Taormino The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) was formed in 1997 as a national advocacy and lobbying organization that promotes tolerance of consenting adults to perform alternative sexual expression. NCSF's primary focus is the SM/leather/fetish community because it's such a large constituency that nobody else represents in Washington, DC. NCSF holds a seat on the National Policy Roundtable of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force where it meets with about 55 other groups like the Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, ACLU, and AFL-CIO to talk about national strategic issues related to policy. At 48, Judy Guerin, mother of three and longtime SM practitioner, was ready to retire. Instead, at the urging of community members, she took the job of executive director of NCSF, which plans to open its official office this spring in Washington, DC. Just before a March meeting of the National Policy Roundtable to discuss sex and politics and teaching GLBT leaders to be more comfortable addressing issues of sex, On Our Backs spoke to Guerin about sex activism and the bumpy road ahead under Bush and Ashcroft. On Our Backs: So how did you become executive director of NCSF? Isn't it an unpaid job? Judy Guerin: Yes, I'm doing it for free. NCSF really can't afford to have anyone in a paid position at this particular point in time. I've been involved in both the transgender and the SM/leather/fetish communities for a long period of time as an activist, and people knew that my children were getting ready to go off to college, and that I was getting ready to retire. They thought it would be a good opportunity to get me back involved in community organizing. On Our Backs: So this was your idea of retiring? Judy Guerin: Yes. On Our Backs: What do your kids think of your job defending kinky people? Judy Guerin: They actually are very supportive of it and think it's great. One of them is heterosexual, one is bisexual, and one is gay. I've raised my children to be very open-minded and diverse in their thinking. I've had interesting reactions from other people. A lot of people ask me, "What's a nice girl like you doing in a…