Title

Rough, Painful, Consensual Sex is 'Murky' Legal Area: Experts

Document Type

Media Mention

Publication Date

10-28-2014

Source Publication

Toronto Star

Description

Rough sex that inflicts pain is a murky legal area that can still lead to assault convictions in Canada, say legal experts.

The legal boundaries around practices involving bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism, or BDSM, have become part of the public discussion since the CBC and radio star Jian Ghomeshi parted ways on Sunday.

The prominent radio show host has said he was fired because of his "sexual behaviour" and has written on social media that he engaged in adventurous forms of sex that included role-play, dominance and submission, along with "rough sex (forms of BDSM)." The activities were consensual and he and his partner used "safe words" words to signal when to stop the activity, he said. Ghomeshi's lawyers filed a lawsuit against the CBC.