Telling others about your kink…
Jayda sent me a mail and asked me to consider doing an essay/post about kink aware professionals and whether or not to tell your doctor about your lifestyle. I’ve actually been asked this question or a related one about DD and what if some well meaning person called the police, a number of times. I’ve attempted to address it those other times too. And I will now here too.
Please note that this is not a legal opinion, nor can I ever hope to predict how any specific doctor, nurse or law enforcement professional will process your disclosure. I’m going to speak to this from my experience as a spanked wife, a nurse with almost five years of ER experience, a Risk and Quality management professional who’s spent 5 years researching and answering medico legal questions and the wife of a cop.
From the medical perspective: A whole lot depends on how you present to them. There are laws that require us to report cases of suspected abuse, although in the case of adults, we really MUST have a compelling reason and their consent to do so. With children, a niggling worry is all it takes and the scale is tipped toward telling authorities.
A woman who broaches the subject herself stands a good chance of being listened to. How she broaches the subject will be a factor. Be confident. Make it clear you like what you are into. An approach like, “hey doc. My husband and I get into some really intense and hard kinky play, but look at my bottom. Can you help me with some advice that will let me take more without so much bruising?” is going to go a lot further assuring your doctor you are safe, than you answering hesitantly and with shame if they ask you how you got marked like that.
If you are over 18, in most states, unless you consent to disclosure, neither your doctor nor emergency department personnel can report abuse, unless you present unconscious and they have reason to believe the cause is related to your injuries.
Please be advised though, we (medical professionals) really have to do our very best to make sure you are safe. We will, and we must, apply some pressure to make sure. So, practice your answers. This IS a consensual lifestyle after all. The only real issue is your personal level of comfort and embarrassment about your kink. The more insecure and uncertain you seem the higher the risk that red flags will go up.
Abuse is insidious. Abusers ‘enjoy’ a terrible advantage and for too long maintain control over their victims, and too many victims protect and speak up for their abusers out of fear. We’re taught about this. We know it, and we are supposed to break you down and look for signs that you’re in trouble and need us to intervene for you because you are powerless to help yourself.
Yes Jayda, my OB/GYN knows I am into spanking, and no he’s not on the KAP (kink aware professionals) list. He has not reported me to adult protective services, and he has not pressured me to seek counseling. I brought it up. I set the mood and the ground work for he discussion. I kept it professional, and I made sure to keep the focus sexual. My sexuality is after all his realm. If I could not reach orgasm, he should be among the people I could approach. The key for me is, he is someone who listens. If he wasn’t I would not waste my time or money giving him business.
From the legal perspective: Unfortunately, the legal system is not as humanistic or as potentially responsive as the medical community is. But remember, their focus has to be different. Even criminals need compassion and care, but they are still guilty 9 times out of 10. Docs & nurses do the caring, cops & judges make sure they pay. In virtually all states now, police are trained NOT to listen to women whom they have reason to believe may be an abuse victim. The dynamic of abuse is so despicably perfect (and awful) that it is far safer and more appropriate for them to ignore the victim no matter how calm, intelligent and reasonable they seem. For this reason, all of us who consent and submit to spanking, in particular to disciplinary spanking where we might fight and argue about it in the moment, are at risk.
We executed a DD affidavit and had it witnessed by our attorney and notarized at his office. We keep it in a tube in our freezer with our medical power of attorney stuff. It basically says that I consent to be spanked for discipline at Mark’s discretion. We stipulated that bondage is not allowed for discipline otherwise it makes it clear that I consent to being spanked for discipline.
The thing is, you really can’t consent to give up your rights to say NO in advance. Not when it can be argued that you couldn’t anticipate the full dimension of the situation before you were faced with it. This will always leave a spanker in a DD relationship at risk for retaliation and repercussions.
The affidavit at least establishes, with some objectivity, that this is my willing choice. We hope neither of us will face having to defend it.
It’s kind of crummy that we have to live with the legacy of domestic violence. But then if I were a wife being spanked against my will, and in an abusive situation, I would need things to be the way they are….
Dunno if this helps or not… but there ya go… if I can make word go into Dreamweaver properly so I can code it, I will post a copy of our affidavit (sans personal details of course…)
Also, since you already are here 🙂 I put a very comprehensive How-To together, for all the people out there who want to get in domestic discipline…
There are chapters on the lifestyle and introducing it, living life in the lifestyle, a detailed description of tools, and much more… Each chapter contains valuable tips and habits that you can apply to your life. I wrote this book because there are no such books out there (!), and … we have developed our relationship with Domestic Discipline so far, that I now consider myself as an expert 🙂
… write me you like it !