Episode 6: Is S&M sex illegal?
If you engage in consensual sadomasochistic sex could you actually be found guilty of assault?
The case of R v Brown is one of the most hotly debated criminal decisions in legal history.
WARNING: this episode contains descriptions of acts of a sexual nature, a violent nature, and suicide. Listener discretion is advised.
Storytellers: Dr Jamie Walvisch & Dr Caroline Henckels, Monash Law School
Hosts: Dr Melissa Castan & James Pattison
Topics for law nerds: Criminal law, assault, consent, rape, defences, EU law, courts, trials.
'15 charged after Operation Spanner' (Glasgow Herald, 10 October 1989)
"Theorising the Limits of the 'Sadomasochistic Homosexual' Identity in R v Brown" (Sangeetha Chandra-Shekeran, Melbourne University Law Review, 1997)