In this group of research projects, we are broadly interested in understanding the roots of rape culture. One of the questions we’re trying to address, using both the clinical evidence and social analysis, is to define the role of written and verbal consent to have sex. One unique model to study this question is to look at sadomasochism (SM) culture and the part of approval when engaging in SM sex. In 2018, the New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was accused by four women of sexual assault. Mr. Schneiderman defended his actions by saying that the women misunderstood the rules of kinky sex. The most natural question that follows is the following — how to interpret consent to have sex in committed vs. casual sexual relationships? Are the individuals accused of sexual assault going to use the argument that they didn’t assault anyone — they were acting as part of consensual kinky sexual behavior. What can we learn from committed kink relationships about the mechanisms of consent in preventing sexual overuse and abuse? Our research uses forensic and psychiatric evidence to investigate these questions.