Consent and Safety in Kinky Dynamics for Professionals

Safety in Play in the BDSM Community

Safety is of great concern in the community and there are three, nearly universal, codes or measures for safety and consent guidelines for which they practice; SSC, RACK, PRICK. “Safe, Sane, and Consensual” (SSC) is the oldest of these codes and is still a common safety tool used in BDSM play.

Safe refers to both parties agreeing to use the appropriate safety precautions of their play, as they understand the risks involved. Sane implies that both parties are uninhibited by drugs or alcohol and are of sound mind. Consensual implies that both parties consent to the negotiated play experience. “Risk Aware Consensual Kink” (RACK), though newer, is widely used, particularly for those who engage in “Edgeplay”, a term to describe riskier activities due to the higher chance of injury or complications that can accompany this form of play. Risk Aware implies that both parties are well informed of the potential risks of the proposed activity. Consensual implies that, despite the known risks, both parties are consenting to the activity. Kink implies that the activities are outside of normal sexual practice. “Personal Responsibility In Consensual Kink” (PRICK) is a variation of RACK but with the emphasis placed on personal responsibility. Personal responsibility implies that you understand the risks of the behavior and autonomously own your role in any injuries or issues that may occur. In other words, you are taking on the responsibility that risks and injuries may occur and that you do not hold the other partner liable. However, please note that although these standards are set in place, not all practitioners are going to abide by these boundaries. If your patients are new to the practice of BDSM, please educate them on all of these models.

Therapist Nicki Explains S.S.C. and R.A.C.K.

Therapist Nicki Explains R.A.S.H.

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