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NCSF conducts community-based 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)

Academic Publications

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

Bowling, J., Wright, S., Mesaeh, C., Benson, J. K., & Stambaugh, R. (2022, August 30). Ownership, Enjoyment, Arousal Troubles, and Robust Education: Pleasure in LGBTQ+ Alt-Sex Members’ Responses to Consent Violations. Sexes, 3(3), 434–444.

Wright, S., Bowling, J., McCabe, S., Benson, J. K., Stambaugh, R., & Cramer, R. J. (2022). Sexual Violence and Nonconsensual Experiences Among Alt-Sex Communities’ Members. Journal of interpersonal violence, 8862605211062999. Advance online publication.

Ling, T. J., Geiger, C. J., Hauck, J. M., Daquila, S. M., Pattison, J. E., Wright, S., & Stambaugh, R. (2022, January 7). BDSM, Non-Monogamy, Consent, and Stigma Navigation: Narrative Experiences. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 51(2), 1075–1089.

Romano, K. A., Heron, K. E., Wilsey, C. N., Wright, S., & Cramer, R. J. (2021, November 7). Person-Centered Clustering of mHealth Technology Perceptions and Usage Motivations, and Associations with Physical and Mental Health Correlates. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, 7(2), 168–178.

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. (2021, September 6). Gender, sexual orientation, and mental health in the kink community: an application of coping self-efficacy theory. Psychology & Health, 1–16.

Kaniuka, A. R., Desmarais, S. L., Cramer, R. J., Stoner, J. E., Veri, S., Wright, S., Gemberling, T. M., Nobles, M. R., & Holley, S. R. (2021, February 15). Sexual violence victimization and suicide: Testing a coping‐mental health framework. Aggressive Behavior, 47(3), 343–353.

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. (2020). 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.

Cramer, R.J., Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J., Kaniuka, A.R., Wilsey, C.N., Mennicke, A., Wright, S., Montanaro, E., Bowling, J., & Heron, K.E. 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 (May 2020). doi: 10.3390/ijerph17093233

Wright, S. and Stambaugh, R. Consent Standards in the Kink Communities A Comparative Study. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association (November 2019) 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. A. (2018, September 28). Lifetime Suicide-Related Behavior, Violent Victimization, and Behavioral Health Outcomes: Results from a Vulnerable Population Needs Assessment. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(11–12), 5860–5871.

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

Nobles, M. R., Cramer, R. J., Zottola, S. A., Desmarais, S. L., Gemberling, T. M., Holley, S. R., & Wright, S. (2018, July 12). Prevalence rates, reporting, and psychosocial correlates of stalking victimization: results from a three-sample cross-sectional study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 53(11), 1253–1263.

Cramer, R. J., Golom, F. D., Gemberling, T. M., Trost, K., Lewis, R., & Wright, S. (2017, December 22). Examining the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity Scale Among Members of an Alternative Sexuality Special Interest Group. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47(4), 1251–1264.

Cramer, R. J., Wright, S., Long, M. M., Kapusta, N. D., Nobles, M. R., Gemberling, T. M., & Wechsler, H. J. (2018, March 30). On hate crime victimization: Rates, types, and links with suicide risk among sexual orientation minority special interest group members. Journal of Trauma &Amp; Dissociation, 19(4), 476–489.

Williams, D J, Thomas, J. N., Prior, E. E., Wright, S., & Sprott, R. “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 (March, 2017).

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, 36(8), 704–722.

Gemberling, T.M., Cramer R., Miller R.S. “BDSM as sexual orientation: A comparison to lesbian, gay, and bisexual sexuality.Journal of Positive Sexuality (2015) 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 behavior43(7), 1257–1258.

Wright, S. (2010) Depathologizing Consensual Sexual Sadism, Sexual Masochism, Transvestic Fetishism, and Fetishism. Archives of sexual behavior39(6), 1229–1230.

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

Academic Conferences

Wright. S. (2022, November) Plenary: Community-based Research in Underserved Populations: Kink and Consensual Non-monogamy. The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. (Vancouver, B.C.)

Bowling, J., Wright, S., Benson, J.K., Stambaugh, R., & Cramer, R.J. (2022). Ownership, enjoyment, arousal troubles, & robust education: Pleasure in LGBTQ+ alt-sex members’ responses to consent violations. LGBTQ Research Symposium (Virtual).

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).

Gray, S. A., Gemberling, T. M., Wright, S., Cramer, R. J., Nobles, M. R., & Holley, S. R. (2021). The romantic functioning of B.D.S.M. (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadomasochism) practitioners: Equal to general population and university samples. Poster presented at the meeting for the Association for Psychological Science Conference, Virtual.

Bowling, J., Montanaro, E., Mennicke, A., Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J., Kaniuka, A., Wilsey, C., Heron, K., Wright, S. Cramer, R. (2020). Mono Versus Plurisexuality: An At-Risk Subgroup Among Kink Practitioners. Paper presented at the International Conference on LGBT+ Psychology and Related Fields, Lisbon, Portugal.

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

Macchia, J.M., Cramer, R.J., Wright, S., Gemberling, T.M., Nobles, M.R., & Holley, S.R. (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).

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