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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

 

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