This may sound hard to believe for those of us with sex lives similar to the home life of our own dear Queen but there are times when non-fatal strangulation is in fact consensual. Some people really do get a kick out of it. Even MPs at times although at least one has taken it a little too far over the non- line.
The basis of a liberal society is that consenting adults get to do as consenting adults wish in hte absence of third party harm. This is thus an error:
Ministers will make non-fatal strangulation a specific criminal offence punishable by five years’ imprisonment following pressure from campaigners.
The government confirmed on Monday it would introduce the legislation as an amendment to the domestic abuse bill being debated in parliament.
Campaigners had pushed for a change in the law, with Lady Newlove, the former victims’ commissioner, putting down an amendment last month when the bill came to the House of Lords.
It will seek to address concerns that perpetrators can avoid punishment because strangulation and suffocation can at times leave no visible injury, making it hard to prosecute under existing laws.
If there’s no evidence – other than unsupported word – then the new offence becomes just as difficult to prosecute as the old ones of aggravated bodily harm and so on. There is no advance being made here.
But it is also true, however weird it might sound to Friends of Brenda, that some do get off on that consensual non-fatal strangulation. And no, not just the person applying the ligature.
Yes, it’s true, some do get off on power trips and sexual jollies from their power over others. Where this is non-consensual it should be prosecuted, no doubt about it. But it is still true that some consenting adults desire to have their breathing constrained.
You know, ain’t nothing so weird and varied as human sexuality.
This should not be made into a criminal offence. But it is. Therefore it’s a bad law.