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NCSF conducts research that assists in our advocacy efforts.

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NCSF’s Narrative ProjectEveryone has a story. What’s yours? We want to hear from you if you’ve been discriminated against because you are kinky or non-monogamous. We want to hear from you if you’ve been outed or if you’ve outed yourself as a fetishist, a cross-dresser, a leatherman or leatherwoman or that you’re in a polyamorous or Lifestyle relationship. We want to hear if your consent has been violated or if you’ve been sexually assaulted in a BDSM or non-monogamous encounter.


Consent Survey (2020)

What Do Polys Want? (2012) by Loving More

Academic Publications

NCSF research has formed the basis for the following peer reviewed articles and poster presentations:

Cramer R.J., Wright S., Wilsey C.N., Kaniuka A.R., Bowling J., Crocker T., Langhinrichsen-Rohling J,. Montanaro E., Mennicke A., Heron K.E. (2022) Alternative sexuality, sexual orientation and mobile technology: findings from the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom technology and health enhancement feasibility study, Psychology & Sexuality, 13:2, 344-359, doi: 10.1080/19419899.2020.1777188

Wright S., Bowling J., McCabe S., Benson J.K., Stambaugh R., Cramer R.J. (January 2022) Sexual Violence and Nonconsensual Experiences Among Alt-Sex Communities’ Members. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi:10.1177/08862605211062999

Ling, T.J., Geiger, C.J., Hauck, J.M., Daquila, S.M., Pattison, J.E., Wright, S. & Stambaugh, R.J. BDSM, Non-Monogamy, Consent, and Stigma Navigation: Narrative Experiences. Archives of Sexual Behavior 511075–1089 (2022).

Benson, J.K., Bowling, J., Wright, S., & Cramer, R.J. (2021, November). “Taking back control”: Resilience in sexual violence among alt-sex practitioners. American Public Health Association (Denver, CO).

Bowling, J., Montanaro, E., Cramer, R.J., Mennicke, A., Wilsey, C.N., Kaniuka, A.R., Wright, S., Macchia, J.M., Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J., & Heron, K.E. (September, 2021). Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Mental Health in the Kink Community: An Application of Coping Self-Efficacy Theory. Psychology & Health.

Kaniuka AR, Desmarais SL, Cramer RJ, Stoner JE, Veri S, Wright S, Gemberling TM, Nobles MR, Holley SR. Sexual Violence Victimization and Suicide: Testing a coping-mental health framework. Aggressive Behavior. 2021 May;47(3):343-353. doi: 10.1002/ab.21955. Epub 2021 Feb 15. PMID: 33586166.

Cramer, R.J., Wright, S., Wilsey, C.N, Kaniuka, A.R., Bowling, J., Crocker, T., Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J., Montanaro, E., Mennicke, A., & Heron, K.E. (May, 2020) Alternative Sexuality, Sexual Orientation, and Mobile Technology: Findings from the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Technology and Health Enhancement Feasibility Study. Psychology & Sexuality. doi: 10.1080/19419899.2020.1777188

Cramer, R.J., Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J., Kaniuka, A.R., Wilsey, C.N., Mennicke, A., Wright, S., Montanaro, E., Bowling, J., & Heron, K.E. (May, 2020) Preferences in Information Processing, Marginalized Identity, and Non-monogamy: Understanding factors in Suicide-Related Behavior among Members of the Alternative Sexuality Community. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17093233

Wright, S. and Stambaugh, R. (November, 2019). Consent Standards in the Kink Communities A Comparative Study. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association. (Chicago, IL).

Cramer, R.J., Johnson, K.L., Nobles, M.R., Holley, S.R., Desmarais, S.L., Gemberling, T.M., Wright, S., Wilsey, C.N., & Van Dorn, R. (2018) Lifetime Suicide-related Behavior, Violent Victimization, and Behavioral Health Outcomes: Results from a Vulnerable Population Needs Survey. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Sep 28:886260518801941. doi: 10.1177/0886260518801941.

Wright, S. (2018) De-Pathologization of Consensual BDSMThe Journal of Sexual Medicine, Volume 15, Issue 5, May, 622–624.

Nobles, M.R., Cramer, R.J., Zottola, S.A., Wright S., et al. (2018) Prevalence rates, reporting, and psychosocial correlates of stalking victimization: results from a three-sample cross-sectional study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 53, 1253–1263.

Cramer R.J., Golom F.D., Gemberling TM, Trost K, Lewis R, Wright S. (2018) Examining the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity Scale Among Members of an Alternative Sexuality Special Interest Group. Arch Sex Behavior, May;47(4):1251-1264. doi: 10.1007/s10508-017-1120-4.

Macchia, J.M., Cramer, R.J., Wright, S., Gemberling,, T.M., Nobles, M.R., & Holley, S.R. (August, 2018). Minority Stress, Impulsivity, Coping & Weekly Alcohol/Substance Use among LGBQ+ Adults. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association. (San Francisco, CA).

Cramer, R.J., Wright, S., Long, M., Kapusta, N.D., Nobles, M.R., Gemberling, T.M., & Wechsler, H.J. (2018) On hate crime victimization: Rates, types and links with suicide risk among sexual orientation minority special interest group members. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, Vol. 36, No. 8, 704-722.

Williams, D J, Thomas, J. N., Prior, E. E., Wright, S., & Sprott, R. (2017) “Sex and pornography “addiction”: An official position statement of the Center for Positive Sexuality (CPS), National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), and The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (TASHRA). Journal of Positive Sexuality, 3, 40-43.

Cramer, R.J., Mandracchia, J., Gemberling, T.M., Holley S.R., Wright, S., Moody, K., & Nobles, M.R. (2017) Can Need for Affect and Sexuality Differentiate Suicide Risk in Three Community Samples? Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 36, No. 8, 704-722.

Gemberling, T.M., Cramer R., Miller RS. (2015) “BDSM as sexual orientation: A comparison to lesbian, gay, and bisexual sexuality.Journal of Positive Sexuality, 1:37-43.

Wright, S. (2014) Kinky Parents and Child Custody: The Effect of the DSM-5 Differentiation between the Paraphilias and Paraphilic Disorders. Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 43, No. 7, 1257–1258.

Wright, S. (2010) Depathologizing Consensual Sexual Sadism, Sexual Masochism, Transvestic Fetishism, and Fetishism. Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 39, No. 6, 1229-1230.

Wright, S. (2006) Discrimination of SM-Identified Individuals. Journal of Homosexuality, 50(2/3), 217-231. Co-published simultaneously in Peggy J. Kleinplatz and Charles Moser (Eds.), Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures, 217-231.

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