A gentle reminder to the VF RP Community
Dearest members of the VF RP Community,
we appreciate to have you on VampireFreaks, and are glad to provide you with safe havens to plot, write, and expand your creative horizons, however, we would like to clarify something. We know this does not apply to all cults, but if it does, please take a moment to read the following.
Underaged smut is ILLEGAL.
This is not an attack on minors, and it is not us trying to curb your creativity, it is law, and we would hate to see any role-player having attained the age of majority placed on a sex offender registry because of this. If you can get on a sex offender registry for peeing in a park passed dusk, you bet your bottom writing out elaborate sexual scenes with a minor or involving a character who is a minor can and will too.
VampireFreaks servers are in the United States of America, therefore they abide by Federal Law. Your state or your country’s laws are not an issue here, nor are they of any relevance as the actions go through an American server.
To quote the Department of Justice on the matter of Child Pornography Additionally, the age of consent for sexual activity in a given state is irrelevant; any depiction of a minor under 18 years of age engaging in sexually explicit conduct is illegal.”
This means that even if you are within your legal right in your state, it is not okay by Federal Law, and therefore the role-player who is an adult may get into trouble.
Any mature subject matter (sexually explicit), should be set at eighteen years of age or older, not only for those involved in such role-plays, but also for characters involved in such role-plays. If the parents of your partner, or someone decides it crosses a line, this could mean legal troubles for the parties involved - mainly those that are older and therefore in a position of “power”.
This has nothing to do with consent, and it has nothing to do with the level of maturity a person may have. This is a legal matter. We understand that some minors may be offended by this. Do not fake your age, ask for an age change, etc. By doing this you could get your partner in trouble, and we hope that like in any friendship, you have enough respect to understand you need to wait. VF does not have any sway when it comes to Federal Law.
You can use fade to black, end the scene, skip ahead, but do not, for your own protection, create elaborate erotica with minors or using minors as characters/bases. Protect yourselves, be smart, know your rights, and most importantly, get creative.
Thank you for your time,