What do chains and whips have to do with a legal blog? It's not as big of a stretch as you'd might imagine. BDSM play involves some very potent legal issues.
BDSM activity, even where clearly consensual, can be and frequently is prosecuted under state criminal laws dealing with assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault or sexual abuse. Such criminal prosecution can arise in various circumstances, including:All of this leads to some pretty imaginative (NSFW) 'binding' legal contracts, which are significantly less boring than the usual fair. And even if you aren't ready for the full on dungeon experience a firm slap on the buttocks or a little candle wax on the nipples never hurt anyone, much. Keep it spicy!
• The BDSM “scene” turns out to be more intense or painful or harmful than the submissive participant anticipated, and she or he goes to the police.
• Injury is caused that is sufficiently serious or sufficiently visible that it is brought to the attention of the police by an observer, by hospital personnel or by a friend or relative of the submissive participant.
• The police raid a BDSM event and observe conduct that they interpret as unlawful.
• A BDSM relationship ends, leaving the submissive partner with bad feelings, and he or she complains to the police about assault or abuse.
• Someone with a grudge against a participant in the BDSM scene or relationship makes a complaint to the police.
• Or pictures, videos, emails, film or sound recordings of BDSM conduct somehow come into the hands of the police.