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"Bristol man convicted of raping three women in Fifty Shades of Grey-style relationships"

on Thursday, 16 June 2016. Posted in Consent Counts, Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Bristol Post

By ChrisAllen

A BRISTOL man has been convicted of raping a woman during a Fifty Shades of Grey-style relationship of bondage and domination.

Ryan Kennedy was convicted of the rape of two other women over an eight-year period.

The 28-year-old was cleared of three other charges - two of rape and one of attempted rape - but the jury at Gloucester Crown Court failed to reach verdicts on eight other sex charges against him.

The jury of 10 women and 2 men was discharged after three days of deliberation and the prosecution was given two weeks to decide whether to have a retrial on the unresolved charges.

Kennedy, of St Michael's Hill, had denied raping a total of five women.

He was alleged by the prosecution to be "controlling and manipulative man" who dominated the women and took over their lives.

During the trial the jury was told that a 28-year-old Bristol woman who had initially willingly entered into a Fifty Shades-style relationship involving bondage and whipping with Kennedy.

He had told her to use a system of "safe words" based on traffic lights - "green" for go, "amber" for caution and "red" for stop - to make sure he did not do anything without consent while she was tied up.

But the court heard that he changed the rules to stop her from being able to object to sexual acts and simply ignored other victims when they told him to stop.

The court was told Kennedy also tried to take over the women's financial affairs and social lives.

Ten of the charges against him were of rape, one of attempted rape, two of assault by penetration and one of causing a woman to engage in sexual activity without consent.

Kennedy was convicted of raping the Bristol woman.

He was found guilty of one charge of anally raping a 27-year-old woman from Middlesex but cleared on a second similar charge against her.

He was also convicted of raping a 24-year-old woman from Bath.

Kennedy was acquitted of raping another 24-year-old woman, from London, and of the attempted rape of a 24-year-old from Gloucestershire.

After discharging the jury from reaching verdicts on the eight outstanding charges, Judge Jamie Tabor QC remanded Kennedy in custody to await a decision from the Crown Prosecution Service on whether to seek a retrial.

Afterwards the CPS said in a statement: "The case involved victims who had all been in relationships with Ryan Kennedy, which very quickly became controlling and abusive. ...

Comments (1)

  • Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D.

    28 April 2016 at 23:21 |
    Thanks for posting your note and calling out to others looking for professional dialogue, networking and resources around serving LGBTQ, non-monogamy/poly and kink/BDSM communities, to name a few.

    In 2014, we formed KPACT, Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists. KPACT provides a learning space for clinicians to share ideas and discuss professional and ethical issues related to psychotherapy with kink- and poly-identified clients. We host professional presentations, networking and dialogue events quarterly.

    Additionally, we provide an online home for kink and poly-aware therapists to find qualified referrals for clients, share and request relevant resources, announce training opportunities or meetings, and engage in private conversations with other helping professionals.

    KPACT also provides an online discussion group open to psychotherapists, healthcare professionals and graduates students of these disciplines who value gender, sexual and erotic diversity and seek to connect with like-minded colleagues in the greater Chicago metropolitan area for the purpose of learning and better serving our clients.

    KPACT member clinicians serve clients who identify as kinky, as BDSM practitioners and/or as non-monogamous as well as those who are curious about sex-positive expressions of gender, eroticism, other forms of consensual sex and/or diverse relationship constellations.

    Our website is

    We are happy to hear form other groups and learn about what is happening in other cities.


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