on Tuesday, 21 July 2009. Posted in Media Updates
Incident Response was created to provide assistance to individuals and groups within the alternative sexual expression communities. If you engage in SM/fetish, swing or polyamory and are being persecuted or discriminated against the NCSF may be able to help you. If your group or business is being harassed or if you need help doing outreach to local law enforcement, the NCSF may also be able to assist you.
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)’s Incident Response (IR) Program uses three primary criteria for taking a case:
1. The issue must openly, directly, and specifically relate to BDSM, swing or poly activities between consenting adults; in other words, the problems you face must relate to or be caused from your involvement in BDSM, swing or poly without question.
2. The issue must be one whose outcome or precedent could potentially affect a significant number of people with the same, or similar, problem.
3. The incident needs to have a reasonable chance of a successful resolution; usually indicating that the individual filing has not also been found guilty of a crime other than behaviors currently considered illegal relating to BDSM, swing or poly.
Unfortunately, due to limited resources the NCSF is only able to take a fraction of the cases that come to us.
Many of the complaints we receive do not meet one, or several, of the above criteria. Even under the best circumstances, NCSF can only help a small percentage of those who approach us. All of our work is done by volunteers and we accept no payment for our services, but we are happy to receive donations earmarked specifically for use in the IR Program-- make sure you note "Incident Response" in the comment box if you want to restrict your donation. We do provide basic information as resources allow and refer to professionals in our Kink Aware Professionals database.
The criteria for acceptance was developed to meet the primary concerns of our voting constituencies, our Coalition Partners. When the NCSF agrees to take a case the impact can be realized by all of our constituents as a whole and therefore it is up to the policies set in motion by NCSF Coalition Partners to decide whether existing resources allow for a case to be handled effectively.
IR Page: http://tinyurl.com/IncidentResponse
IR overview: http://tinyurl.com/IROverview
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