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Stephan Ferris

This chapter will explore the legal concept of consent in context of BDSM relationships. Battery is the intentional infliction or harmful contact. Most jurisdictions do not recognize consent as a valid defense to battery within BDSM play, resulting in criminal charges being filed against consenting adults. This chapter will explore the notion of consent in comparison to other activities that require battery, such as sports, and argue in favor of an affirmative defense of consent.