BDSM and The Law

 NCSF, BDSM Writers Con, Doctor Charley Ferrer, bondage, fetishes, kink, power exchange Kinky sex may be a lot of fun, but to protect yourself you also need to know about the legal risks. Join NCSF for an overview of issues related to federal and state laws used to prosecute consensual BDSM criminally. This interactive discussion will review pertinent state and federal laws that are used against BDSM practitioners and the current state of the law. NCSF will discuss the steps the Consent Counts program is taking to decriminalize consensual BDSM. We’ll also address the risk factors and what situations can give rise to risk of arrest and prosecution; how to minimize the risks; the importance of Consent: ways to make it clearer that your play is consensual; and how to Deal with Law Enforcement:  What to do if the police arrive, and what to do if prosecution is threatened.

Though this workshop is a must for everyone, authors will especially appreciate the various plot twists which this knowledge can inspire.

Come with questions!

Our presenter this year is Alan R. Levy. Mr Levy is a civil litigator with offices in New York and New Jersey. Additionally, he is a noted author and speaker on topics ranging from civil liberties to the First Amendment, with published articles in the Yale Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New Jersey Law Journal and numerous other publications.

 

Below is information about NCSF’s founding board members:

Susan Wright founded the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom in 1997, a national advocacy organization for the BDSM, swing and polyamory communities, and currently serves as spokesperson for the organization. She chaired the successful DSM-5 Revision Project, and coordinated the SM Policy Reform Project for the National Organization for Women (NOW) which resulted in rescinding their anti-BDSM policy at their national conference in 1999. Susan has written kinky Contemporary Romance novels as well as Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Star Trek books. This USA Today Bestselling Author began her writing career in 1993, and has published more than 30 novels and nonfiction books on art and popular culture with Pocket Books, Penguin Group, St Martin’s Press and Kensington.
Dick Cunningham practices law with the Washington-based law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. In addition to his international trade law practice, Dick has been actively involved in social advocacy issues – with particular emphasis on sexual freedom and gender rights – for more than 40 years. He was involved in successful Supreme Court litigation that established the right of women to attend the military academies and the requirement that the television networks provide balanced coverage of the Vietnam War.  He has been active in organizations that promote fairness, liberty and nondiscrimination in sex and gender, including the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom(NCSF) and the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.  Dick serves as legal counsel to NCSF.

Judy Guerin is a well-known activist, writer, speaker and educator on issues of sexual freedom and gender expression. She is also a long-time practitioner of BDSM and sex educator on BDSM activities. She is a former board member of GenderPAC, the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, Forum 21 and the Black Rose.   She is a former steering committee member of the National Policy Roundtable of GLBTQ/HIV groups, former executive director of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and advisor to the European Union Human Rights Commission on issues of sexual freedom and GLBTQ issues. She currently directs NCSF’s Consent Counts Project to decriminalize consensual BDSM in the U.S.
Susan Wright founded the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom in 1997, a national advocacy Susan Wright, bdsm writers con, Charley Ferrer, bondage, slave tradeorganization for the BDSM, swing and polyamory communities, and currently serves as spokesperson for the organization. She chaired the successful DSM-5 Revision Project, and coordinated the SM Policy Reform Project for the National Organization for Women (NOW) which resulted in rescinding their anti-BDSM policy at their national conference in 1999. Susan has written kinky Contemporary Romance novels as well as Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Star Trek books. This USA Today Bestselling Author began her writing career in 1993, and has published more than 30 novels and nonfiction books on art and popular culture with Pocket Books, Penguin Group, St Martin’s Press and Kensington. – See more at: http://bdsmwriterscon.com/attending-authors/susan-wright#sthash.2knhJthH.dpuf

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