Safe, Sane and Consensual BDSM

When it comes to BDSM, we often dive in the deep end.  We sometimes play with people we don't know that well.  We try to push our limits to broaden our knowledge and gain experience. But in doing this,  we need to keep ourselves safe.  This is why generally people involved in BDSM follow the policy of SSC;  safe, sane and consensual.  

 

This means that all safety precautions are taken for relative activities.  Preventative measures are put in place before the scene.  These can be things such as having scissors on hand to cut bondage in case of emergency, having creams or antiseptics on hand to clean up after a scene or simply having a warm blanket and somewhere quiet to be afterward. 

 

Sane play simply means that nobody's getting any crazy out of this world ideas.  It means that all play is intended not to injure partners, both mentally and physically. 

Consensual means that every part of the play has been discussed,  negotiated and agreed upon. Consent has been given by both parties to engage in the agreed upon activities in a safe manner.  

 

This is also known as the RACK policy in other places.  Meaning; risk-aware consensual kink.  Again it's simply stating that all people participating know the risks involved in that particular activity, be it tame of extreme.  Everyone is to be made aware of the risks involved,  the safety precautions to be taken and the care that needs to be taken after the scene.

 

Most people in the BDSM community abide by these policies and agree that this is the safest way to practice any form of BDSM.  All dungeons and public BDSM facilities usually enforce these principles and people found not abiding by these are typically made to leave.  These principles are to ensure the safety of both people new to BDSM and the more experienced lifestylers.