Safe, sane and consensual
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In the BDSM community, safe, sane and consensual (SSC) are common principles guiding relationships and activities.
The principles are that BDSM activities should be:
- safe: attempts should be made to identify and prevent risks to health
- sane: activities should be undertaken in a sane and sensible frame of mind
- consensual: all activities should involve the full consent of all parties involved. Note, though, that legal consent may not create a defence to criminal liability for any injuries caused; furthermore, this is not necessarily limited to physical injury.
Most attribute the term SSC to David Stein, who coined it in August 1983 for . In his essay entitled Safe Sane Consensual: The Evolution of a Shibboleth, Stein states that the term was created "to distinguish the kind of S/M I wanted to do from the criminally abusive or neurotically self-destructive behaviour popularly associated with the term 'sadomasochism'."