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Media Update - September 21, 2008

1. Pennsylvania Town Says Couple Runs Swingers' Club Inside Church
2. Shrinks: Kinky Sex is a Mental Disorder
3. Duncanville court postpones trial for 'Cherry Pit' swingers club owners
4. Duncanville police arrest co-owner of Cherry Pit swingers club
5. Tribeca S&M palace raided; owner, 'Domina' held on prostitution raps

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update
September 21, 2008
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NCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US
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mention of SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics.

These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate - or
anywhere in between.

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readers to forward these Updates where appropriate.



"Pennsylvania Town Says Couple Runs Swingers' Club Inside Church"
by Todd Connor
Fox News
September 19, 2008

PITTSBURGH - A Pennsylvania couple is fighting to maintain a church they
run from a Huntingdon Township home, which officials say is really a
raunchy swingers club where single men have to pay for access but women
come for free.

John and Kim Ondrik say they worship nature at the Church for Spiritual
Humanism. But midnight mass at the Spiritual Palace is on hold as the Rev.
John and his wife fight for a variance to continue practicing their
religion in a residential area just outside of Pittsburgh.

Opponents of his church, including neighbors and North Huntingdon Township
officials, say what's really behind those closed doors is a club called
the "Swinger's Palace."

Township commissioner Richard Gray said it's been an open secret that a
swingers club has operated out of the two-story house since the 1970s, but
they finally have the evidence to shut it down.

Gray said the dispute is not about church or sex ? it's about having a
business operating in a residentially zoned area.

"The mere fact that they were charging a mandatory fee to get in, in my
opinion, would constitute a business," he said.

An attorney representing John Ondrik told FOX News that members in the
private church give a donation and aren't charged to get inside the
midnight masses, which typically take place on Friday and Saturday nights.

"You have a right to run a church in a residential area not because of
your free exercise rights under the Constitution, but simply because
churches are not primarily commercial," said Bruce Ledewitz, a law
professor at Duquesne University.

Ledewitz said the Ondriks might have a case if they can convince
authorities they're sincere about their religion and that they truly
believe in their church.

But keeping the Palace open might be a tough sell. Its Web site, which was
recently taken offline, showed that couples were charged an admission of
$50 while single men had to pay $75. Single women could attend free of
charge.

Self-described swinger "Dave" said he and his partner paid money to get
into the club. "You didn't get in without paying money. If you didn't pay
your money you were going back out the door."

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"Shrinks: Kinky Sex is a Mental Disorder"
by staff writer
MomLogic.com
September 19, 2008

According to doctors, people who engage in kinky sex are just plain nuts.
Find out why --- and what's being done about it.

People who engage in adventurous sex are now being labeled with a "mental
health illness," according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders or DSM. Yup, that's right, the official handbook of
psychiatry has now added kinky sex to its list of mental disorders.

In other words, if you indulge in role-playing, enjoy the feel of hot
candle wax, or use handcuffs (even the furry kind!) you're considered
someone who has a "mental disorder characterized by a preference for or
obsession with unusual sexual practices." The shame!

This isn't the first time the DSM has stirred controversy: Until 1974,
homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder. And now engaging in "wild"
sex which, for some people, that just means "normal," is a sign one has
lost their marbles.

?A group called the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom has launched a
petition to get "BDSM" (bondage, role-playing, punishment, discipline, and
fetishes, just to name a few) out of the DSM. In fact, they published a
paper on the topic here, and invite people to support their endeavor. They
are also asking that APA to base its conclusions on science, not on the
mainstream idea of what's considered "normal."

Why is this so important? If you meet the criteria for a DSM-approved
disorder, it could affect you at the workplace -- and even in child
custody agreements.

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"Duncanville Court Postpones Trial for 'Cherry Pit' Swingers Club Owners"
by Jon Nielsen
The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
September 18, 2008

Duncanville's municipal court postponed a trial date today for the Cherry
Pit owners accused of violating the city's sexually oriented business
ordinance.

The cases will be heard Oct. 27. The original date was set for Monday.

At issue in the municipal court case is about a dozen citations issued to
owners Julie M. Norris, 30, and Jim Trulock, 59, for running the swingers
club out of their home. The city has targeted the home, which sits on a
wooded residential lot on North Cedar Ridge Drive near Interstate 20, for
operating a sexually oriented business without a license and in a
residential neighborhood. City leaders and investigators maintain that the
home is a business because patrons are asked for a donation to attend
weekend and holiday parties.

Further complicating the case are the recent arrests of Mr. Trulock and
Ms. Norris on suspicion of serving alcohol at an unregistered club. The
Class A misdemeanor carries up to a one-year jail sentence or a fine up to
$4,000.

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Duncanville police arrest co-owner of Cherry Pit swingers club
by Jon Nielsen
The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
September 17, 2008

Duncanville police arrested the co-owner of a swingers club known as the
Cherry Pit on Wednesday.

The arrest of Julie M. Norris, 30, comes a day before a scheduled pretrial
hearing in the case against the notorious Duncanville sex club. Mrs.
Norris was charged with violating the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code for
operating an unregistered club, a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, she
can serve up to one year in jail or a fine of up to $4,000.

The co-owner of the Cherry Pit, 59-year-old Jim Trulock, was arrested on
the same charge earlier this month.

Duncanville city officials have said that the couple is illegally
operating an unlicensed club in a residential neighborhood near Interstate
20 and North Cedar Ridge Drive. The City Council issued a ban in November
on sexually oriented businesses, but police documents show parties
continue at the home. City leaders say that patrons to the home are asked
to donate money to get into the home where alcohol is served.

During a pair of July raids at the home, authorities confiscated large
amounts of alcohol and "fun money" used to purchase sex acts.

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"Tribeca S&M Palace raided; owner, 'Domina' Held on Prostitution Raps"
by Barbara Ross, Kerry Burke, and Alison Gendar
The New York Daily News (New York)
September 17, 2008

A Manhattan S&M club that billed itself as the "Leading House of
Domination in NYC" was put out of business Wednesday after the NYPD busted
its manager and seized its business records.

The ladies at the Walker St. club, Rapture, all had "extensive and
rigorous" training in the art of bondage, and customers of the Tribeca
dungeon were whipped and poked by professionals, its advertising claimed.

"Each Domina is uniquely qualified to deliver the fantasy," the club's Web
site boasted.

Rapture promised "immaculately clean" and fully equipped rooms capable of
offering everything from "light play" to "heavy suspension and complex
medical sessions."

The NYPD had received numerous complaints from the club's unamused
neighbors that the third-floor operation was a straight-up house of
prostitution - despite the club's claims to the contrary.

"We do not engage in any form of prostitution whatsoever, so don't even
ask!" the ads claimed.

The NYPD's Manhattan South vice unit busted Collin John Reeve, 35, on
Tuesday for promoting prostitution and collared one of his ladies, Gina
Noto, 21, for prostitution, police said.

Noto, who is studying to become a nurse-practitioner, allegedly offered an
undercover vice cop a "prostate massage" for cash, court records stated.

On the walls of the club were lists of at least 17 dominatrices - and a
list of their special skills.

Whips, chains, hoists and sex toys filled the rooms.

Cops went back to the club Wednesday with a search warrant and seized
Rapture's business and payroll records, said Capt. Steven Braille,
commanding officer for the vice squad.

Braille said the investigation was ongoing and declined to discuss whether
other arrests were pending or whether customers were also under scrutiny.

Reeve's lawyer said his client was no pimp but a war veteran from the 82nd
Airborne Division who was honorably discharged.

"The NYPD does not know the difference between prostitution and freedom of
expression," said Reeve's attorney Salvatore Strazzullo.

"There is nothing on the books that states S&M is illegal," Strazzullo
said.

"The City of New York should know the difference between prostitution and
a perfectly legal S&M dominatrix house," he added.

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