NCSF (http://www.ncsfreedom.org/) is a US
based organization whose purpose is
to protect freedom of sexual expression. Their mission has included working
to change outdated laws which impinge on sexual expression and freedoms, and
education both among the leather
community and law enforcement.
This organization has been available to help communities and individuals in
defending themselves against prosecutions for sodomy, consensual S&M
and a wide variety of other legal or political issues. NCSF provided substantial
aid to local organizations such as Club X in San Diego or the defendants in the
Attleboro, MA prosecution of a group engaged in consensual SM (police charged
a woman with assault for hitting her partner with a wooden spoon). Both of
these cases were ultimately settled favorably in court, not however without
substantial personal and financial costs to the participants.
Since its inception in 1997 NSCF has worked to lobby Congress on matters
of sexual freedoms, runs a law
enforcement outreach program, aimed at educating police and prosecutors
in the differences between S&M and abuse and has been active with groups working
to repeal archaic sodomy statutes.
In 2001, NCSF reported working with individuals who contacted them for
assistance in the following instances:
Child Custody/Divorce 461
Job Discrimination 392