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IS CONSENSUAL SPANKING BETWEEN ADULTS LEGAL IN YOUR COUNTRY? – THE UNITED KINGDOM

Note

I wanted to start a series of posts on this, but have found that it takes a lot of research time, that I do not really have, and leaves you with very little material to post. So I will try to do this from time to time, focusing on one country at a time. But don’t expect these posts to appear that often.

Is Spanking Play Between Consenting Adults Legal In The UK?

When I lived in the UK

When I lived in the UK (I left in 1992), that question did not really have any relevance, as you would not be prosecuted under the law, for consensual spanking, but it was registered as a sectionable activity under The Mental Health Act. This meant that you could be detained, against your will, for mental medical treatment, for however long the authorities thought that it would take them to “cure You” of your mental condition. Luckily, consensual spanking between adults has since been removed from the list of sectionable conditions. If you want to see what the UK Mental Health Act includes today, click on the link below.

UK MENTAL HEALTH ACT

What then?

After that it did become illegal, under two existing laws, Assault and Actual Bodily Harm. And consenting to be the one on the receiving end made the submissive party an accessory to the assailant and therefore also a criminal. The news article below, written in 2018 illustrates what the law, up until then, regarded as illegal.

WHY IS S AND M ACTUALLY A CRIMINAL OFFENCE

And Then?

Another law was passed, banning the making of several types of pornographic material in the UK, spanking among them. And then, some of the gallant producers, in the UK, protested against this. This lead to a relaxation of how the laws would be applied, as in the Criminal Prosecution Service was guided not to persecute spanking sites unless it involved activities that would lead to permanent or long term scaring. Consequently, this also applied to couples or groups, playing for their own pleasure.

So is consensual spanking between adults legal in the UK?

Technically no. But as long as scaring does not result from the play, you will not be prosecuted for doing it, under the law, effectively decriminalizing consensual adult spanking play in the UK. Unless you take it too far and leave scars. The link below tells you about the new guidelines that came into action.

OBSCENE PORN LAWS RELAXED

Prefectdt

7 responses »

  1. What a great topic Prefectdt! Wow, interesting to read the situation in the UK and how it has evolved over time. I’m not actually sure what the situation is here in New Zealand, will have to do some research.

    Hugs
    Roz

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  2. I looked up our Canadian law and only found spanking as it relates to parents or guardians spanking children. So I assume it’s okay as long as it is consensual.

    Hugs,
    Hermione

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    • After BDSM and spanking was dropped from the Mental Health Act, Hermione, I get the impression that was what people thought the situation in the UK was. Until the Spanner operation, by the UK police, hauled in and prosecuted a load of M/m BDSM practitioners. It might be worth digging a little deeper, just to know where you are at.

      Prefectdt

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  3. I spent a lot of time writing to my M.P. and signing petitions etc protesting about the anti-BDSM laws. I actually attended the protest pictured at Westminster along with Molly Malone and Pandora/Blake and also a later protest again at Westminster with them and a number of other workers from the scene. The fact is that the current situation is a classic British fudge in few people fully understand the laws but the police often turn a blind eye.

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    • I’m glad that you had the courage to stand up for our rights, Simon. In the end, I think that the whole mess boils down to a few “Holier than thous” who just look for random groups to persecute.

      Prefectdt

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      • The problem is that I’m pretty sure my M.P. thinks I’m a pervert which I suppose by the dictionary definition I am.

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