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Incident Reporting & Response – 2nd Quarter 2018 report

on Monday, 09 July 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

By Susan Wright, Director of IRR

NCSF’s Incident Reporting & Response received 76 reports & requests for assistance from individuals, groups and businesses in April, May and June 2018. That is slightly down from the 87 reports & requests in the 1st Quarter 2018, but still twice as many requests as the last two quarters of 2017.

NCSF maintains the confidentiality of those who come to us for help. However, we balance that need with the need to report the services we are providing and to provide the community with a record of where the need is the greatest.

Here is a breakdown of the cases we dealt with in the 2nd Quarter of 2018:

Criminal

There were 29 requests for resources and information involving criminal legal matters – 25% less than we received in the 1st quarter:

  • 23 of those requests came from kinky or non-monogamous people who reported an assault, sexual assault, harassment and revenge porn, or were requests by prosecutors and investigators who needed education about consensual BDSM practices and referrals for expert witnesses.
  • 6 people requested resources and referrals to attorneys and expert witnesses to assist in defending themselves against accusations of assault, sexual assault, harassment or parole violations.

Groups

27 groups needed assistance compared to 29 groups in the 1st quarter of 2018:

  • 14 groups needed help dealing with consent incidents or were inquiring about presenters/organizers
  • 4 groups needed assistance in creating consent policies for their group
  • 1 group, FetLife, was the subject of 166 reports of cyber-bulling and sexual harassment on FetLife in conjunction with the Deactivation Day protests
  • 4 groups needed assistance with business formation and zoning
  • 3 groups had their event challenged either by the host hotel or outside groups or threats of outing
  • 1 group asked for assistance in doing outreach to the police to stop harassment and discrimination

Professional

There were 9 requests from professionals or those looking for sex positive professionals:

  • 3 people needed help finding kink aware and sex positive mental health professionals,
  • 2 professionals requested education on BDSM & consent and ageplay,
  • 2 professional inquired about setting up sex positive activist networks in other countries
  • 1 professional asked if they could translate NCSF materials into Greek
  • 1 professional needed assistance with an analysis of FOSTA

Child Custody & Divorce

There were 8 requests for resources and information regarding child custody, about the same as the 7 who reported in the 1st Quarter of 2018:

  • 5 involved BDSM (2 with FetLife photos)
  • 2 involved polyamorous relationships
  • 1 involved sex work

Civil

3 requests, compared to 7 requests in the 1st Quarter of 2018:

  • 1 person was attacked when an event was attacked by religious political extremists
  • 1 person needed assistance with being outed
  • 1 person needed options for legal protections because polyamorous people can’t get married

 

If you would like to make a report or request educational resources and referrals to professionals, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NCSF Thanks! – 2nd Quarter Donation Report

on Monday, 09 July 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

NELA donated $3,500 that was raised at their 2018 Fetish Fair Fleamarket #50 held in February. Thank you to our Coalition Partner, NELA!

Thank you to Jaiya, Inc., an NCSF Coalition Partner, for donating $1,830 to the NCSF Foundation in April, $1,425 in May, and $550 in June 2018 for a total of $3,805 this quarter!

CLAW, an NCSF Supporting Member, generously donated $1,000 from their April 2018 Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend event.

The National Leather Association – Dallas, an NCSF Coalition Partner, donated $710 as their annual CP fundraiser for NCSF.

Thank you to Marc Depaul for donating $500 to the NCSF Foundation in June!

Thank you to Off the Cuffs: a kink and BDSM podcast and NCSF Coalition Partner for donating $207 to the NCSF membership group and $307 to the NCSF Foundation.

Thank you to Keira Harbison for holding a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser and raising $220 to donate to NCSF.

NCSF thanks James Dunyak, our New England Advocate, for donating $100 to NCSF in June!

Thank you to Les Bon Temps, Supporting Member of NCSF, for donating $50 as their CP fundraiser in May.

 

NCSF also thanks all of our donors who wish to remain anonymous. We can't do our work without your support!

10 Questions Counselors Could Ask about Culture

on Wednesday, 04 July 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

By being sensitive to cultural and ethnic differences, counselors are able to help individuals overcome traumatic experiences. Maintaining sensitivity toward cultural differences in a variety of settings is a requirement that counselors must follow. Counselors can communicate with diverse clients by maintaining an awareness of cultural differences.

To learn more, check out the infographic below created by Wake Forest University’s online Master of Arts in Human Services degree program.

 

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Irish people reveal what it's like to be in an open relationship

on Tuesday, 03 July 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

RSVP Live

"I recognised in myself that having a desire to see someone other than my partner didn't negate my love for them, and I want to try to unlearn the feeling in myself of insecurity that I think we are socialised to feel when someone we are in a relationship with is interested in someone else," they said.

Study Says People In Open And Poly Relationships Are As Happy As Monogamous Ones

on Monday, 02 July 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Gay Pop Buzz

“We found people in consensual, non-monogamous relationships experience the same levels of relationship satisfaction, psychological well-being and sexual satisfaction as those in monogamous relationships,” said Jessica Wood, a PhD student in applied social psychology and lead author of the study.

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Patreon Is Suspending Adult Content Creators Because of Its Payment Partners

on Sunday, 01 July 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Motherboard

“This is bigger than us & Patreon. It’s a world wide crack down on freedom of expression, on women, on marginalised people, on sex and sex work, on non conventional forms of labour that counter the status quo: the domination of corporations and patriarchy. On dissent,” Ashley wrote. “Just to be clear what is at stake, this is my whole income, my livelihood.”

NCSF FOSTA/SESTA Update and Call to Action

on Sunday, 01 July 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

NCSF has been working hard with our allies to mitigate the harm of FOSTA/SESTA. Now we need your help!

NCSF has been invited by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to submit an amicus brief in its recently filed proactive legal challenge to the new FOSTA legislation - Woodhull Freedom Foundation et al vs. U.S. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/06/eff-sues-invalidate-fosta-unconstitutional-internet-censorship-law

We have also been invited to submit potential legislative amendments to the Free Speech Coalition for submission to Congress. In order to do this, and to build a case for future actions, we need to document any harm to our constituents created by this legislation, including payment processing issues for events. If you have had your event, organization or business impacted, or have taken measures out of fear of being impacted, please send us a report as soon as possible.

We need the following information: Name, zip code, email, phone number (optional) and a brief description of the incident(s) and date(s). Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This information will be kept confidential.

NCSF participated in the first ever Sex Worker Lobby Day to educate lawmakers on the harmful effects of FOSTA/SESTA on June 1st. The response from Congressional offices was positive and we urge all of you to continue the process with your representatives. In August, Congress is typically in recess and representatives are usually available for meetings in their home districts. We suggest doing outreach to SWOP chapters (Sex Workers Outreach Project—www.swopusa.org) in your area and work with them to develop a lobbying plan.

NCSF can help prepare you to lobby and will be hosting a lobbying webinar on August 6th focused on this legislation. We look forward to working with all of you on these issues—please contact Judy Guerin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to organize your own lobbying effort.

NCSF also participated in a national strategy meeting on June 21st & 22nd focused on sex worker rights and FOSTA/SESTA, which was attended by national sex worker rights leaders, the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Free Speech Coalition. A statement of national principles for the sex workers rights movement was developed and strategy plans for future actions were discussed.

We really need everyone to be as active as possible on this issue—lobby, write a letter to your representatives and support sex workers in your area. This is about everyone’s sexual freedom and free speech rights!

EFF sues to kill FOSTA, calling it “unconstitutional Internet censorship law”

on Friday, 29 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Sex work law prohibits speech that's protected by First Amendment, lawsuit says.

Ars Technica

"In our lawsuit, two human rights organizations, an individual advocate for sex workers, a certified non-sexual massage therapist, and the Internet Archive, are challenging the law as an unconstitutional violation of the First and Fifth Amendments," EFF Civil Liberties Director David Greene wrote. "Although the law was passed by Congress for the worthy purpose of fighting sex trafficking, its broad language makes criminals of those who advocate for and provide resources to adult, consensual sex workers and actually hinders efforts to prosecute sex traffickers and aid victims."

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