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Plan for Consent Month in September!

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National Consent Month is proudly brought to you by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and the Arizona Power Exchange. Please join us for Consent Month in September 2016 and we will list your event and help publicize it.

Consent Month

Let us know the date for your event and we'll put it on our calendar on ConsentMonth.com and publicize it on the NCSF website and Facebook page.

We can send you Got Consent! bracelets for your event along with materials on consent.

Take a photo and win our Consent Month Photo Contest. Check out the winning photo on ConsentMonth.com

Join us in celebrating Consent Month!

Taking a positive approach to consent.

Creating Change 2016 Sexual Freedom Reception

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Leslie Anderson Gallery Opening

Bootblack and artist Leslie Anderson opens NAKED LEATHER exhibit during the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Leather Archives & Museum Sexual Freedom Reception.  1/22/16 8p at LA&M.  Free shuttle to and from Creating Change host hotel.

http://www.leatherarchives.org/events.html

 

 

Save the Date for the NCSF Coalition Partner Meeting!

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NCSF’s Annual Coalition Partner Meeting will take place March 4-6, 2016, in San Jose, CA.

 

“The annual meeting gives NCSF's Coalition Partners the opportunity to tell the board where our focus should be in the coming year,” says Chairman Kevin Carlson. “It’s also their time to give us feedback on how we’re conducting the day-to-day business of NCSF. The Board and staff are looking forward to gathering in Silicon Valley with our Coalition Partners to continue the good work of NCSF.”

 

Friday, March 4th – Coalition Partner representatives Meet & Greet – 7-9 pm

Saturday, March 5th – Annual Coalition Partner’s Meeting – 9-5pm

Sunday, March 6th – Annual Coalition Partner’s Meeting – 9-noon

Sunday, March 6th – BDSM & the Law: American Law Institute Project – 1-3pm

 

Location:

 

Fairfield Inn & Suites San Jose Airport

1755 North First Street San Jose, CA 95112

 

You may make reservations by calling the reservation line at 1-800-228-2800 or make online reservations: Book your group rate for NCSF

 

$104 - $124 on March 4-5

$220 for additional nights on March 3 or March 6 (15% off of the published rate)

 

 

NCSF staff, Board members and Coalition Partner reps are also invited to San Francisco’s Leather Alliance Weekend events taking place throughout the weekend. Saturday evening is the Mr. SF Leather Contest – let us know if you’re interested in attending. San Francisco is about an hour away from San Jose. http://leatherallianceweekend.org/

 

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Results of Mental & Emotional Health Study

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University of Alabama and University of Central Florida researchers surveyed over 800 kinky people recruited by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and found they were mentally and emotionally healthy.

“I was curious about the stereotypes from a mental health standpoint and we found that these kinky people are well functioning, with little mental health concerns,” says Tess M. Gemberling, M.A., Co-Principal Investigator, University of Alabama. “They also have healthy romantic relationships.”

The study, Psychological Functioning and Violence Victimization and Perpetration in BDSM Practitioners from the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom,” also investigated people’s preferences for BDSM activities and fantasies, and explored whether violence is perpetuated against kinky people. It joins a growing body of research that refutes the stereotype that people who are kinky are inherently dangerous to themselves and others, which is at the root of the discrimination and persecution that kinky people experience.

“I wanted to explore more about how the stereotypes interface with reality,” says Matt R. Nobles, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, University of Central Florida. “Although more than half of the people in this study have been victims of violence or aggression, extremely few had perpetrated such themselves.”

In the study, 7.7% of participants reported they had been victims of a BDSM-based hate crime, while 10.2% of participants reported they had been victims of an LGBT-based hate crime.

“Parallel to my work with sexual minorities, my interest is in looking at the nature of identity and mental health in a vulnerable group of people,” says Robert J. Cramer, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, University of Alabama. “Contrary to popular perceptions, our study shows kinky persons are largely mentally healthy when it comes to conditions such as depression, anxiety and suicide.”

The study also confirms that for these kinksters it’s primarily about consensual power exchange, with 98% preferring to take a specific power exchange role during BDSM. The most commonly reported practices were spanking, slapping and biting, and the use of sexual toys and equipment.

“Lawmakers can help by legally recognizing informed consent as the basis of healthy BDSM behavior,” says Susan Wright, spokesperson for NCSF. “BDSM is intended to be a mutually beneficial experience that is done by consenting adults.”

Join NCSF!

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In honor of Consent Month in September, please join our coalition and support our work!

NCSF’s American Law Institute Petition is fighting to make consent a defense to BDSM and to give anonymity for victims of assault in a BDSM context.

NCSF’s Consent Violation Survey presents important information on consent violations – who, what, where, when, why and how they happen.

Plus NCSF provides resources and referrals to kink aware professionals on request on a daily basis through our Incident Reporting & Response program.

We are fighting for your rights! Why don’t you join us now?

Consent Violations: Find out the results of NCSF’s latest survey!

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The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom launched the Consent Violations Survey in 2014 to gather details about consent violations in a BDSM context. We asked about: the severity of the violations, who is being violated, where they were violated, the relationship and intent of those involved, the power dynamic at the time of the violation, as well as information about false accusations and from people who have committed consent violations. This survey was intended to expand on the info gathered through the first NCSF Consent Counts Survey in 2012 that gauged attitudes about consent in a power exchange context.

 

Go to the NCSF website to read the entire survey results.

 

Fast Facts:

 

A total of 1,307 people (29% of 4,503 respondents) reported that their pre-negotiated limits and/or their safeword have been violated. Among those who reported why they thought it had happened, approximately 1 in 3 involved manipulation or coercion (345 people/8% of 4,503 respondents), and another 1 in 4 said they were attacked by a predator (245 people/5% of 4,503 respondents). Nearly 1 in 3 said the consent violation was caused by an accident, miscommunication, or a lack of skills or knowledge (310 people/7% of the respondents). 71 people said it was part of their dynamic and they were ultimately okay with it (1.5% of the respondents), while 27 people said it was a result of alcohol.

 

The majority, 70% of the people who said their consent was violated (775/1098), reported their first violation occurred before or within the first three years of their participation in the BDSM community. In all, one-fourth of the people whose pre-negotiated limits were violated said it happened before they started to participate on BDSM websites or attended a BDSM meeting, club, munch, party or event.

 

As for what happened, the largest percentage of participants said that they were nonconsensually penetrated in the vagina by a penis, finger or dildo (29%). One-fourth said they were touched nonconsensually in a way that violated their pre-negotiated limits, while one in five said they were touched on the genitals or breasts, penetrated in the ass by a penis/finger or dildo, punched or humiliated.

 

Twenty-nine people (2.7% of the 1,041 people who answered the question) say that they reported the consent violation to the police. 96 people experienced an injury that required medical attention (2% of the total survey respondents and 7% of the number of people who reported a safeword or limit violation). One-half of one percent (0.5%) of the survey respondents (23 people) reported receiving a serious physical injury that was life-threatening or serious enough to cause dysfunction in an organ or limb.

 

In addition, nearly 36% of the respondents reported being touched without permission at a BDSM meeting, club, munch, party or event.

 

Out of 4,578 respondents, only 7 people reported they had been falsely accused and reported to the police (0.1% of the sample). Just over 3% of the respondents (140) say they have been falsely accused within the BDSM community of touching someone without permission at an event or party. Just over 3% (137 people) reported they’ve been falsely accused of violating someone’s pre-negotiated limits in a BDSM scene.

 

For the complete analysis, go to: https://ncsfreedom.org/images/stories/2015_Survey_PDFs_ETC/Consent%20Violations%20Survey%20analysis.pdf

 

The survey questions were created by Susan Wright, M.A., Co-Principal Investigator, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, and Russell J. Stambaugh, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator. Derrell Cox, M.A., Department of Anthropology, Center for Applied Social Research at University of Oklahoma, assisted in the analysis and is the statistician. This project has been reviewed and endorsed by a community advisory board of the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS), a community-based research support organization which includes members of alternative sexualities communities.

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL CONSENT MONTH

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Taking a positive approach to consent!

 

National Consent Month embraces the freedom of expression achieved when informed consent is present.

 

Join us in participating in an event or workshop during the month of September that highlights the importance of consent. Check out the consent workshops happening in September on the Consent Month Calendar.

 

Visit the official Consent Month website to learn about:

  • How to create and submit your own Consent Event
  • How to participate in the Consent Photo Contest
  • How to get free SWAG for your Consent Themed Event

 

Take photos and enter our Consent Month Photo Contest

 

 

National Consent Month is proudly sponsored by the NCSF and the Arizona Power Exchange to bring a positive and proactive approach to consent discussion and education.

Petition to the American Law Institute - Consent should be a Defense for BDSM activities

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Consent should be a Defense for BDSM activities

 

We need your help! Please sign the ALI Petition to reclassify BDSM prosecutions as “sexual contact” instead of criminal assault. It’s all about consent, and the law should reflect that.

 

Sign here!

 

NCSF hopes to collect thousands of signatures and plans to submit our petition in September prior to the next meeting of the American Law Institute which is considering making changes in the Model Penal Code provisions relating to sexual assault.

 

NCSF has urged the ALI Committee to treat BDSM under a category they define as “sexual contact” even if there is no contact with the breasts or genitals.  Under the ALI’s draft proposal, “sexual contact” is not a crime if consent is given for such contact. If consent is not given, sexual contact is a misdemeanor, not a felony. Such treatment of BDSM—as not a crime if consensual and as a misdemeanor if nonconsensual—would be fully consistent with the concept that BDSM is intended to be a mutually pleasurable activity rather than an act of violence. If a rape is committed in a BDSM encounter then it can be prosecuted as felony sexual assault and the fact that BDSM activities were also included will reduce the confusion for prosecutors and courts. Judgment can be made solely in the context of whether there was consent for each act that was committed.

 

A further benefit of our proposal would be that a person who is injured in a nonconsensual BDSM incident would have the shelter of “rape shield” rules, which prohibit introduction of evidence of prior acts and provides the victim anonymity. This protection applies to complaints in sexual assault cases, but not in criminal assault cases. People who are assaulted in a BDSM context typically choose not to report what happened to the police because they will be outed as kinky by the public court documents and they may even face media exposure if their assailant is charged with criminal assault rather than sexual assault.

 

But first we need to persuade the ALI to agree with our proposal, or at least something like our proposal.

 

Petition to the American Law Institute:

 

Consent should be a Defense for BDSM activities

 

I urge the American Law Institute in its consideration of proposals to revise the Model Penal Code (MPC) provisions relating to sexual assault, to provide in the MPC that prosecutions arising from BDSM (bondage, discipline, Dominance & Submission and sadomasochism) conduct be pursued as “sexual contact” rather than as criminal assault. I believe this is appropriate because consensual BDSM is intended to be a mutually pleasurable erotic activity and not a violent assault by one person against another. Criminal prosecution may be appropriate if consent is not given, but consent should be allowed as a defense.

 

Sign here!

 

Background info on the ALI Petition

 

 

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