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"RCMP officer investigated over bondage photo"

on Friday, 06 July 2012. Hits 1408

CBC

A Coquitlam, B.C., RCMP officer is under investigation by the force for possible misconduct after violent and pornographic photos of the officer were posted on a social networking site for sexual fetishists.

The images of Cpl. Jim Brown appeared on the website Fetlife, which claims to have about one million members.

Brown went by the name Kilted Knight on the website and listed himself on Fetlife as “dominant,” describing the kind of role he played in the world of bondage, discipline and sado-masochism.

After CBC News asked the RCMP if Brown was under investigation, Supt. Ray Bernoties replied on June 27 that Brown's involvement with the website, “was deemed to be adult consensual activity during which the implicated officer was not representing himself as a member of the RCMP, thus it did not meet the threshold for a code of conduct investigation."

The officer’s profile was deleted from the Fetlife website after the CBC News query.

In the last 10 days, more violent images emerged online showing Brown in a staged knife attack on a naked and bound woman.

Investigation underway

On Thursday, the RCMP confirmed that Brown will face both an internal and an independent investigation.

“As this situation evolved and additional information came to my attention, a code of conduct was ordered and that investigation is being led by the Richmond RCMP,” Assistant Commissioner Randy Beck, acting commanding officer of the B.C. RCMP said in a statement.

“In keeping with the RCMP's commitment to hold our members to a higher standard," said Beck, "I am taking the unusual step of asking an external police agency to independently review our internal code of conduct investigation.”

Beck did not say which external force would be asked to investigate.

“While we must strike a balance between an individual’s rights and freedoms when off-duty and the RCMP code of conduct, I am personally embarrassed and very disappointed that the RCMP would be, in any way, linked to photos of that nature,” said Beck.

Psychologist Michael Webster, who has a private Vancouver practice dealing exclusively with police officers, told CBC News that RCMP members are held to a higher standard than other citizens.

Webster said that an officer posing naked in RCMP riding boots is inappropriate, even if his sexual partners are consenting adults.

“They're all severely degrading to women,” Webster said of the photos.

Abnormal behaviour

Webster said the officer’s conduct should be a serious concern to the force, particularly in a province that has seen so many sexual harassment allegations made against members in recent months.

“Mr. Brown’s behaviour is way up the scale in the abnormal range,” he said. “This is conduct unbecoming of a [Mountie] and it is shameful that the RCMP would [try] and minimize this, would try and downplay and sweep it under the rug and suggest there is no harm here." ...

"Bondage photos rock B.C. RCMP"

on Friday, 06 July 2012. Hits 1362

Toronto Sun

VANCOUVER -- B.C. Mounties are once again in damage control after graphic images of an officer engaged in violent bondage sex scenes were made public.

“I am personally embarrassed and very disappointed that the RCMP would be, in any way, linked to photos of that nature,” B.C.’s acting RCMP commander Randy Beck said in a statement Thursday, adding Mounties are conducting a code-of-conduct investigation.

Beck was responding to explosive photos allegedly showing Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Jim Brown in various bondage scenes that were at one point posted on the Internet but since removed.

Some of those images obtained by QMI Agency depict a woman tied up, choked and slashed with a machete by a man identified as Brown, who apparently styled himself as the “Kilted Knight.” The scenes often appeared to involve simulated torture, with Brown in a dominant position.

Former RCMP consultant Dr. Mike Webster, speaking from his Denman Island, B.C., office Thursday, said he’d heard from at least two Mounties who knew about the racy pictures from a website Brown apparently ran nearly two years ago.

“(In one) series of picture, he comes upon a woman on the street. He stalks her, he captures her, he takes her somewhere, it’s a private location, he wraps her in cellophane … he puts his feet on her, he cuts her, she bleeds,” Webster said.

The psychologist, who worked with B.C. Mounties for more than 30 years, said the latest scandal is another severe blow to a force plagued by misconduct complaints in recent months — everything from allegations of sexual harassment to an officer accused of stealing cocaine.

Beck, meantime, explained the Coquitlam detachment commander found the images in December 2010 on a personal flash drive, but the pictures didn’t initially meet the “threshold” to be considered a violation of conduct — the images were deemed staged.

It wasn’t until March this year that a “code of conduct” investigation was opened when the photos were found on a personal website.

After the images went public Thursday, Beck said an “external” police agency would be asked to independently review the Mounties’ code-of-conduct investigation.

Brown has been placed on administrative duties.

The officer had “a very small role” in the investigation of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton, according to the Missing Women Inquiry commissioner Wally Oppal. ...

"Coquitlam Mountie under investigation for S&M photo"

on Friday, 06 July 2012. Hits 688

CKNW News Talk AM

A Mountie with photos of himself posted on a sexual fetish website, while wearing nothing but the RCMP boots purchased for him by taxpayers, is being investigated for possibly violating the RCMP's code of conduct.

A top Mountie in BC has now issued a statement, saying he is 'personally embarassed' over the photos.

In the statement, Assistant Commissioner Randy Beck says the officer in charge at the Coquitlam detachment first became aware of the photos back in December 2010 -- when they were on Brown's personal flash drive.

No code of conduct investigation that time.

But Beck says a conduct review was launched more than a year later - led by the Richmond detachment -- when the photos surfaced on a personal website.

Now, Beck says he is 'very disappointed' that the force has been linked to such photos.

He adds Brown's involvement into the Robert Pickton investigation *was* provided to the missing women inquiry.

Beck says Brown has been placed on administrative duty.

Vancouver Sun reporter Ian Mulgrew broke the story after seeing the still images of Brown, allegedly holding a butcher knife, while threatening a naked, hog-tied and caged woman.

Brown told Mulgrew he was cleared of any wrongdoing earlier this year, saying it was a "non-issue" because there was "no victim."

Justice Minister Shirley bond says she is not happy because Brown was involved in the Pickton investigation.

"I fully recognize it's on one's personal time, but at the end of the day, you know, currently we're in the middle of an investigation that is looking at abhorrent behaviour and treatment of women in the province. And so I think that is something that we need to consider as we look at the conduct of police officers."

Bond says the RCMP needs a "culture change", but won't say if the officer should be disciplined because of the ongoing internal probe.

A lawyer for the families of women murdered by serial killer Robert Pickton says he has a right to question Brown about his role in the Missing Women investigation.

Cameron Ward says he wants to know how Brown found an informant who confirmed Pickton was a suspect back in 1999.

"I've asked that the inquiry be reopened to receive his evidence and that of Caldwell -- the man he produced who reported that Pickton was doing these things."

Speaking with CKNW's Bill Good, Ward says Brown's conduct should definitely be questioned.

"Just because it's legal doesn't mean it should be condoned or accepted by any manager. I know most law firms wouldn't condone it and I'm hard-pressed to think of any reputable organization that would condone such behaviour."

Ward says his efforts to make Brown testify at the now-completed Missing Women inquiry were rejected by lawyers for the commission.

Meanwhile, a Metro Vancouver sex therapist says there's a lot of misunderstanding out there.

Dr. David McKenzie says it was most definitely a case of poor judgment for having a photo taken and eventually posted online.

But like many things related to sex, he says people just don't understand S&M.

Yet it’s more popular than we might think, he adds, pointing to the best-selling novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. ...

"Missing Women Commissioner wants answers to RCMP officer's sexually explicit photos"

on Friday, 06 July 2012. Hits 1390

Vancouver Sun

Missing Women Commissioner Wally Oppal wants quick answers about the Coquitlam Mountie, his X-rated Internet exploits and any relevance they may have to the Robert Pickton serial killings.

But he is refusing to reopen his one-man inquiry into the investigations of the crimes and where police went awry, prolonging the heinous murder spree.

Oppal said he had asked for a full explanation from the federal Department of Justice Thursday after reading a Vancouver Sun story about an RCMP code-of-conduct investigation into the officer who posted disturbing torture and sexually explicit photographs on the Web.

That didn’t satisfy Cameron Ward, who represents families of missing and murdered women.

He demanded Oppal interrupt writing his final report and reopen his just-wrapped hearings.

“This particular officer, given his personal involvement in the Pickton investigation and the role he played three years before Pickton was apprehended is critically important,” Ward said.

The graphic Internet images show Cpl. Jim Brown — who has been placed on administrative duties — posing in kidnap-and-torture scenes reminiscent of the pig-farm slayings.

In one, a naked woman hangs with her hands tied above her head while the self-styled “Kilted Knight” appears to slash her with a large butcher’s knife.

Late Thursday, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Randy Beck said in a media statement that the force actually found “some graphic staged photographs” on a memory stick belonging to Brown in December 2010.

But at that time, no investigation was begun, Beck said, because the officer in charge of the Coquitlam detachment “did not believe it met the threshold for a code-of-conduct violation.”

In March 2012, during an investigation into a complaint by a woman about Brown, the photos on the Web were discovered. As a result, a code-of-conduct inquiry was ordered and is being conducted by the Richmond RCMP.

“In keeping with the RCMP’s commitment to hold our members to a higher standard, I am taking the unusual step of asking an external police agency to independently review our internal code-of-conduct investigation,” Beck said. ...

"Swingers flock to Gold Coast club in Fifty Shades of Grey frenzy"

on Thursday, 05 July 2012. Hits 763

A NEW swingers club on the Gold Coast is struggling to keep up with demand as erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey sends couples into a fantasy frenzy.

The Herald Sun

Chateau Vino, the city's only legal swingers club, has 400 members and is growing by eight couples a week, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

The club owner, who asked to be known as Michael, said the bestseller - which has been dubbed "mummy porn" - was introducing a different demographic to the adult world.

"The books will definitely boost the industry across the board," he said.

"We have about eight new couples a week coming in. When new clients come we show them around and a lot of women are mentioning the book."

He said the club was not what most people would expect and attracted clients from all walks of life.

"Many people have their own assumptions on what a swingers club is but it is very discreet and classy," he said.

"It is almost like a boutique nightclub and we never reveal identities."

He added, "People would be shocked if they knew who frequented the club. There are men and women from all walks of life. It is a personal and private pastime." ...

"The debate: Is the submissive relationship seen in 50 Shades of Grey degrading to women?"

on Wednesday, 04 July 2012. Hits 1460

The Independent

Since the first in the erotic trilogy was published a year ago, 50 Shades of Grey has sold over 10 million copies. Coined as “mummy porn”, the novel and its sequels have made it to the top three spots in the bestseller charts in the UK and the US.

Not only is the racy novel the best selling e-book of all time, it is also responsible for boosting erotic purchases. Sales of erotic literature and porn magazines have risen by 130 per cent in the last month, while the number of women buying sex toys has more than doubled. VoucherCodesPro.co.uk revealed that the book title was their most searched term – wilth “Sex toy discounts” and “Ann Summers” a close second and third.

If you haven’t yet given in to the currently ubiquitous titillation surrounding the books, the fantasy novels centre on a handsome billionaire, Christian Grey, who seduces a virginal college graduate, Anastastia, into a submissive relationship.

When asked about researching for the book, author E L James responded: “Well, yes, they are my fantasies lived out and ­explored,” she said. “But I don’t know how much detail I want to go into. Um, well, let’s just say I had a very nice time ­researching the book. That’s all I’m going to say. I’m ­actually now blushing.”

Both its success and appeal are apparent, but discussions over what the subtext of the book has to say about modern feminism has come to fruition. It’s been argued that the submissive relationship seen in the book could undermine female equality and sets a negative example to readers.

But does the sadomasochism seen in 50 Shades of Grey degrading to women? Or is purely fantasy, with whichever form of sexual exploration a personal choice to pursue in the bedroom?

Dr Gina Barreca believes that the outdated erotica seen in the novel serves to promote unhealthy ideals of relationships in and out of the bedroom, but Meg Barker argues that the sadomasochism experienced between the two protagonists in the bedroom is far more common that many would like to think. ...

"Fifty Shades of Grey spawns adult toy frenzy"

on Wednesday, 04 July 2012. Hits 1193

Erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has prompted thousands of women to hit the sex shops and invest in BDSM toys, says Ann Summers' boss. Goodness gracious, jiggle balls of fire!

Management Today

Erotic novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, written by E.L. James, began as Twilight fan fiction (for those who are neither Team Jacob, nor Team Edward, Twilight is a series of vampire novels, now Hollywood blockbusters). But while having a ready-made fan base of millions may have given the novel a good start, Shades has become a phenomenon in its own right.

This is because Fifty Shades of Grey is no ordinary erotica. Unlike the standard boy-meets-girl fare of the Mills & Boon genre, Shades has shoved its stake firmly into BDSM territory (bondage, domination, sadism and masochism, for the uninitiated). The book has been flying off the shelves since it was published in June last year, selling well over 10 million copies worldwide. And the novel hasn’t just affected ladies’ reading habits, but their purchasing habits too.

Since Fifty Shades of Grey was first published, lingerie and sex toy retailer Ann Summers has seen a massive spike in turnover. Moreover, many of the best sellers are items that feature prominently in the book. Sales of 'jiggle balls' (Google it, and spare MT’s blushes) are up 200%. The firm literally cannot keep up with demand: many stores are sold out the moment a new consignment arrives. All because Anastasia, the central character in Shades, er… uses them once.

And it’s not all about the jiggle balls. Revenue from blindfolds is up 60%, rope ties up 35%, restraints up 15%, leather and metal handcuffs up 30%, paddles up 30%, and finally, the Ann Summers unisex butt plug, which has seen sales surge by a massive 170%. Ann Summers is also having to ramp up its range of erotic novels to satisfy these eager readers, with a 130% uplift in turnover from the channel.

But this is not the first time that mainstream media has affected business at Ann Summers. As CEO Jacqueline Gold explains: ‘The last time I saw this happen was with Sex & The City. The show gave rise to cult product, the Rampant Rabbit, which is now the most famous sex toy in the world.’ ...

NCSF Steps Up for Detroit

on Tuesday, 03 July 2012. Hits 174

NCSF is there to help you when you need it. Just ask the Detroit
BDSM community, who recently came under fire from a local news
affiliate. The NBC Channel 4 Defenders were out to get a sensational
story on Robert Bashara, whose wife was murdered in January, 2012.
Since Bashara's BDSM activities had become public, the Defenders
took concealed cameras in to a local BDSM party to take photographs of
people while they were playing.

Dateline NBC was going to air a show later that week about Bashara
that included his BDSM activities, so there was no possibility of
killing the story. The situation was further acerbated by a member of
the local community who gave an interview to the news stating that she
had seen Bashara at one of the local BDSM parties at the VFW Hall in
Lincoln Park.

The morning of Tuesday, May 8th, NCSF started receiving phone calls
from people who were recognizable in the promotional clip. The story
was going to air at 11pm that night. NCSF Spokesperson Susan Wright
immediately contacted the news station to convince them to adequately
blur the images of the people they had photographed without
permission. She also coordinated a write-in campaign from those who
were recognizable, and communicated directly with several dozen local
community members and leaders.

The added pressure of outraged letters from the community convinced
the reporters to include positive sound bites about BDSM that Susan
provided. They also changed the title of the piece from "Dungeons of
Debauchery" to "Bob Bashara's Alternative Lifestyle." The
images that were recognizable were removed from the website and the
promotional clips that were released later in the day were much more
blurred. The news segment also contained images that were
unrecognizable.

The following week, on May 19th, NCSF hosted a full day's schedule
of events at the VFW in Lincoln Park. NCSF Chairperson Leigha Fleming
ran town hall style meeting for the local BDSM community leadership from 2pm-4pm.
The leadership of more than 20 groups was represented. Leigha gave NCSF's
workshop on how to protect your groups/events for local community leaders.

From 4-6 PM an open town hall for everyone in the community was held so
people could get their questions answered and discuss ways to
further protect the BDSM community and to promote education of those
outside our community. Leigha also gave the NCSF workshop on how an individual can
protect their privacy more effectively. A raffle and silent auction was held to raise
donations for NCSF. 2 organizations joined NCSF as Coalition Partners:
The Board of Education and Deviations. More than 20 individual
members joined NCSF as individual members.

A delicious dinner followed at the VFW Hall. Tim, the host of the
party that was filmed by the news channel, said, "Over the past
week, the VFW has been more supportive than we could have imagined.
The manager of the VFW told us this week 'I fought in a war so that
people could have the freedom to do what they enjoy, even if it's
not our own cup of tea.'"

In pride, the evening's dinner was followed by the regularly
scheduled BDSM party. "This past week has been trying and tense,"
says Tim. "Several have asked where was the silver lining? We have
high hopes that this can be the silver lining. Rarely do we have a
chance to come together for no other reason than it's the right thing
to do. Because we can support one another. If virtual strangers from
organizations and individuals from all across the globe have lent
their words and actions of support, we surely owe it to ourselves to
match it."

NCSF was proud to assist the Detroit BDSM community in their time
of need. It shows what when we work together, we can accomplish
anything.

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