By Susan Wright, Director of IRR
NCSF’s Incident Reporting & Response received 54 reports & requests for assistance from individuals, groups and businesses in October, November and December, 2018. That is down from 62 in the 3rd Quarter, 76 in the 2nd Quarter, and 87 in the 1st Quarter of 2018.
279 reports and requests for help were received by NCSF in 2018. This is a significant increase compared to previous years:
• 170 requests in 2017
• 109 requests in 2016
• 198 requests in 2015
• 184 requests in 2014
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 4th Quarter of 2018:
20 groups needed assistance, similar to the 19 groups in the 3rd Quarter of 2018:
• 6 groups were asking about presenters/organizers or reporting they had banned someone
• 4 groups needed assistance with incorporation, by-laws or dealing with members
• 3 groups asked for resources on dealing with consent incident
• 2 groups reported discrimination when their hotel broke their contract and when a bank suspended their account
• 2 groups needed resources and sex-positive attorney lists for their members
• 1 group asked for resources after being sued for defamation by a former member
• 1 person needed assistance resolving a consent incident with their group
• 1 person protested being banned by a group
There were 16 requests for resources and information involving criminal legal matters, down from 22 requests in the 3rd Quarter:
• 9 of those requests came from people who reported an assault, sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, or were requests to educate prosecutors about consensual BDSM practices.
• 5 people requested resources and referrals for attorneys to assist in defending themselves against accusations of domestic violence, assault or involving their appeal or parole.
• 2 sex-positive business-owners needed help reporting crimes to the police after former employees embezzled and blackmailed them.
There were 7 requests by professionals or for referrals to kink and polyamory aware professionals compared to 2 in the 3rd Quarter of 2018:
• 4 people needed referrals to kink and polyamory aware health professionals
• 3 professionals needed resources or asked for a review of their writing
6 requests, compared to 8 requests in the 3rd Quarter of 2018:
• 2 involved Title IX issues for educators who discussed sex positive issues including BDSM
• 2 people reported being outed, one to work, and the other by their therapist
• 2 people needed attorneys to deal with civil legal matters.
There were 5 requests for resources and referrals for family court attorneys, down from 11 in the 3rd Quarter of 2018:
• 3 involved parents in polyamorous relationships
• 2 involved parents who practice BDSM