'More acceptance' needed for S&M activities

Friday, March 22, 2019

‘More acceptance’ of consensual harm is needed, according to the honorary president of sadomasochism charity the Spanner Foundation.

The conviction of ‘Dr Evil’ for performing extreme body modifications has raised the issue of what level of harm a person can legally consent to.

The landmark “Operation Spanner Case” established in 1987 that people cannot consent to harm, after a group of gay men were convicted of ABH for their involvement in consensual S&M activities.

Speaking to talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright, Mr Cohen said: “The ruling set the threshold for injury you can consent to as extremely low.

“People go boxing or skiing and suffer brain injuries but because sex was involved of course common sense goes out the window and the fact that they were gay men didnt help either.

“The fact is you see a lot of S&M imagery in public and it’s much more accepted these days. In a sense the general mood of the public is way ahead of the law.”

Mr Cohen however said he agreed with the conviction of Dr Evil, as the procedures he was offering, such as removing a person’s ear, could cause lasting damage.

He added: “These people are not being protected from themselves, they are being protected from someone who is incompetent to do these procedures and might cause serious injury.”