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Public Perceptions of Sadomasochism and its Criminal Law Provision

09 January 2020

My research aims to investigate public perceptions surrounding sadomasochism and to what extent people agree/disagree with the current criminal law provisions. This piece of research is integral to my Dissertation which seeks to understand how views surrounding sadomasochism may have changed and what implications this may have on criminal law. I am doing this research as part of my Degree programme at Royal Holloway University of London, of which I am a third year student.


  • . Participants must be 18+
  • . Participants must be residents of the UK

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Ethical approval

This study has been approved by Royal Holloway University of London Law Department Ethics Committee, approved December 2019.

About the researcher

Laina Cooper

I am currently a Third Year Undergraduate studying Criminology and Sociology at Royal Holloway University of London. My main interests are in Criminal Law, Sexology and Terrorism/Security Studies.
My survey is in regards to Public Perceptions of Sadomasochism and its Criminal Law Provision within the UK. The aim of this research is to understand the general public's perceptions of Sadomasochism as well as the current laws governing its practice.

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