Daily Archives: September 19th, 2014

“In other words, that’s a 50% increase in likelihood you will be sexually assaulted, and all you have to do is join the BDSM community”

NCSF

The National Coalition of Sexual Freedom (NCSF), a BDSM Scene front (i.e., public relations) group, recently published results from a survey about consent. According to the group’s Executive Director and recently-hired FetLife.com Community Manager, Susan Wright, one of its key findings is that, in her own words, “over 30 percent of [over 5,000 respondents] have had their previously negotiated limit violated.”

For a community that proclaims itself to generally be a safer place to explore sexuality than the traditional (“vanilla”) populace, a community whose entire foundational ethos is “safe, sane, consensual,” this is kind of a disaster.

Thomas Millar put it this way:

So … this is very, very bad. Of kinksters responding to this question, 30% had had a prenegotiated limit violated. Those numbers are even worse than victim self-reports of rape in the general population; which the New York Times reports as about 20% based on a study supported by the National Institute of Justice.

Communities ostensibly based on consent, with more consent violations than the general population.

If both the 20% figure from the Times’ report Thomas cites and the NCSF’s own survey results are accurate, and they may not be exact for many possible reasons, then there are 50% more consent violations in the BDSM Scene than elsewhere.

In other words, that’s a 50% increase in likelihood you will be sexually assaulted, and all you have to do is join the BDSM community.

Enjoy your next munch.

Found at Pomeranian Privilege, all links in her post (including to a pdf download of the report). The original is here, by a person who, if I’ve read their blog(s) correctly (and I haven’t spent that much time on it), is a ‘kinkster’, who is anti-BDSM, or at least anti-Dominants, a distinction I wouldn’t recognise, so I imagine they would not find my blog compatible with theirs.