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NCSF Violence and Discrimination Survey (2008)


2008 BDSM SurveyThe 2008 Survey of Violence & Discrimination Against Sexual Minorities found significant discrimination and persecution against BDSM practitioners due to the social stigma attached to their sexual behavior.

With over three thousand respondents, 37.5 percent indicated that they had either been discriminated against or experienced some form of harassment or violence.

This survey addresses the gap in current knowledge by reporting data on the prevalence of violence and discrimination against BDSM and polyamory practitioners. The persecution of these individuals is conceptualized as a manifestation of sexual stigma, that is, society's negative regard for any non-heterosexual behavior, identity, relationship, or community.