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Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on July 23, 2007. The cases were tried before Richard E. Welch, III, J. After review by the Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court granted leave to obtain further appellate review. James L. Sultan for the defendant. Kenneth E. Steinfield, Assistant District Attorney, for the Commonwealth. CORDY, J. Based on an assault that occurred during the evening of June 6, 2007, at a home in Hamilton, a jury in the Superior Court convicted the defendant of attempted murder in violation of G. L. c. 265, § 16; armed home invasion in violation of G. L. c. 265, § 18C; assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon in violation of G. L. c. 265, § 15A (b); and assault and battery in violation of G. L. c. 265, § 13A.(1) A divided panel of the Appeals Court affirmed the convictions, Commonwealth v. Carey, 79 Mass. App. Ct. 587 (2011), and we granted the defendant's application for further appellate review. On appeal, the defendant contends that the assault constituted a consensual sexual encounter. He thus argues that, in light of the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558, 577-578 (2003) (Lawrence), the trial judge committed constitutional error by not instructing the jury that consent is a defense to the crimes of armed home invasion and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. The defendant also claims that the judge erred by admitting certain evidence regarding materials retrieved from his home computer. This evidence included eight photographs and one ninety-second "video clip" (video), each depicting a nude or partially nude woman being strangled seemingly to death; an Internet article reporting the successful appeal of a man convicted of four strangulation murders; and testimony regarding the number of images stored on the computer "that were strangulation-oriented or had strangulation themes," as well as testimony about Internet searches and the number of files saved on the computer that concerned asphyxiation. Click to download a PDF of the case.
"When the Levee Breaks: A guide to dealing with and avoiding arrest and prosecution in BDSM scenes."  "When the Levee Breaks" is a companion to the NCSF publication, "The Aftermath," and is a guide to provide a perspective for those who have, through mistake, misunderstanding, or a fleeting lapse of reason, committed an act of criminally actionable sexual assault.  It is not intended to provide a defense for indefensible acts. "When the Levee Breaks" also provides information on how to better protect oneself against arrest and prosecution. Click to get a PDF of "When the Levee Breaks"  
"The Aftermath: A guide for victims of sexual assault and/or intimate partner violence in the BDSM community,"  by Natalie Quintero "The Aftermath" is a compilation of advice that is regularly provided to victims who ask for help through NCSF's Incident Reporting & Response project. This guide will educate anyone in the BDSM community who has been victimized on what one might expect to experience after an assault, what one's options are, things to consider when weighing options and making decisions on what to do next, what one might expect if one decides to report the experience, as well as the resources available to assist in coping with and healing from abuse. Click to get a PDF of "The Aftermath"
California Senat Bill 430
Letter to Senator Kehoe from NCSF
An act to add Section 249 to the Penal Code, relating to strangulation. SB 430 - Read the bill's introduction in a PDF
The NCSF comprises two separate corporate entities, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and the NCSF Foundation. Although both the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and the NCSF Foundation are part of the same overall organization, it is necessary to have two separate organizations to enable us to do the broad range of work we do. Supporters of the NCSF can choose to make a contribution to the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, the NCSF Foundation or both. A contribution to either organization will be used to support and promote the NCSF mission. Both organizations support the NCSF's extensive education, advocacy and outreach work. However, certain important activities carried out by the NCSF cannot be supported with tax-deductible gifts. In NCSF's case this is primarily in the area of lobbying and activities that are geared to our memberships, because federal law limits the amount that a tax-exempt organization like the NCSF Foundation can spend on lobbying. As a matter of necessity, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom engages in legislative lobbying to advance the rights of people involved in consenting alternative lifestyles. Our efforts to work for the decriminalization of SM activities and our Incident Reporting & Response Program designed to provide support for our constituencies experiencing discrimination because of their alt-sex interests are just a few examples of work that can only be funded through non-deductible membership gifts to the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. Therefore, we strongly encourage donors interested in supporting the broad range of the NCSF's work to consider making the largest possible non-deductible gift that they can afford to the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. Donors who wish to make a tax-deductible gift can do so by contributing to the NCSF Foundation. Many donors choose to make membership gifts in support of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom as well as tax-deductible gifts to the NCSF Foundation. Make a non-deductible membership gift or donation in support of the NCSF's litigation, education constituent services and lobbying efforts. Make a tax-deductible donation to support outreach and public education work If you'd like more information about tax-deductible contributions, please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (410) 539-4824.
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NCSF Resource Library

  The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom has compiled a wide array of educational and informational materials on a variety of topics. We've organized them all here in our Resource Library for the public.
The law is interpreted – sometimes to our favor, and sometimes not.  For example, while the NCSF firmly believes that consensual SM activity between adults is legal, there are those that have a differing opinion and will intentionally interpret the law in an unfavorable way.  Therefore, it is extremely important for the SM- Leather-Fetish communities to have an understanding of the laws that may affect us.  The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom has been fighting for your rights for the past 14 years, and we are changing the way society views kinky people.    NCSF has taken the lead in two vital projects:   Our DSM Revision Project has successfully lobbied the American Psychiatric Association, resulting in their proposal to depathologize BDSM in the next Diagnostic & Statistics Manual.  NCSF also took over leadership in the nationwide Consent Counts project, working to decriminalize  BDSM and create a database of relevant state laws.  
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