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.
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.
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.