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BDSM and The Law

May 2, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Join NCSF experts to discuss the current state of BDSM and the Law in the U.S.  In this interactive discussion, NCSF will provide a brief legal history of how BDSM has been treated legally and the current state of the law.

A recent major focus on consent in the U.S. has been prominent over the past couple of years, prompted by the issue of non-consensual sex on college campuses.  Learn how changing attitudes in the U.S. are affecting changes in the law and about promising new developments that could benefit BDSM practitioners.

NCSF will also discuss specific areas of concern to the audience, such as local issues, Fetlife and how to best protect oneself legally.

Judy Guerin is a well-known activist, writer, speaker and educator on issues of sexual freedom and gender expression and has been advocating on these issues for over 30 years.  She is a long-time practitioner of BDSM, a sex educator and proud former pro domme.

Richard O. Cunningham, B.S., M.A., J.D., has advocated for over 30 years on issues of gender, race and sex.  He has played a leading role in landmark legal cases, including being the supervising attorney on the Supreme Court Case regarding women in military academies and the initiating attorney for the lawsuit during the Vietnam War that resulted in equal media political coverage.    He has served as chair of the boards of both the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Foundation (NCSF) and the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.  He is senior international trade partner at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP in Washington, D.C.  Dick is currently legal counsel for NCSF and advises on legal and policy aspects of the NCSF Consent Counts Program.

$5 for members and members of reciprocal groups. $10 for nonmembers. Cash only please!

ASL Interpreters are available upon request. Please give us two weeks notice. Email for more information.

Join us beforehand for a munch at the Silver Leaf Restaurant in the hotel at 6:15pm. If you eat at the munch, there is free validated parking at the hotel, $5 if attending class only. Street side parking is free after 6pm. There are several affordable parking garages within easy walking distance from the venue. We are also a four block walk from the Orange and Silver Lines Metro stops at Ballston-MU Station. There is a shuttle that runs between the metro and the hotel. Call (703) 243-9800 for pickup.


May 2, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Education Team


Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston
4610 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203 United States
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