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Interrogation Scene

Updated: DECEMBER 21, 2021
Reviewed by Dr. Laura McGuire
on December 14, 2021

An interrogation scene, in the context of BDSM role play, occurs when a Dominant partner takes on the role of an interrogator while the consenting submissive participant plays the subject of an interrogation.

It is inspired by the real-life interrogations by police officers, military officers, or mob bosses, although the techniques are often more sexual for a BDSM scene. The Dominant may also use physical pain, threats, humiliation and other techniques to extract information from their submissive, just like in a real-life interrogation scenario, within in the limits that have been set out by both partners before the scene begins.

For an interrogation scene to occur, the submissive partner must know a piece of information that the Dominant partner does not. Once the submissive has the information clear in their head, the scene can begin. The Dominant partner might capture or arrest and restrain the submissive. At this point, the Dominant might strip the submissive naked and tie them to a bed or chair if they are both into that.

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The temperament and comfort levels of the players will dictate the intensity of the interrogation. There are many common methods of interrogating the submissive during an interrogation scene.

These can include tickle torture, where the dominant tickles sensitive areas of the submissive’s body without respite, and orgasm control, where the dominant stimulates the submissive until they are on the brink of orgasm. An interrogation scene might also include spanking, paddling, rape play, name-calling, and more. As the submissive refuses to share the information they have, the Dominant will gradually increase the intensity of the play, ensuring that the sub enthusiastically consents to the activity throughout.

An interrogation scene ends once the submissive has broken down and shared the information they possess. The length of the scene and the intensity of the interrogation leading up to this moment depends on the players. Talking about interests and limits before an interrogation scene is imperative and can help both partners enjoy the role-play.

With communication and trust, interrogation scenes can be very exciting for people who like resistance and power exchange role-play. It can also reinforce the power dynamic between a Dominant and submissive person. Dominants can learn also more about their submissive partners through interrogation play.

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More About Interrogation Scene

An interrogation scene can work with the submissive hiding any piece of information from a Dominant, no matter how big or small it is. Many submissives will draw a card from a deck and attempt to withhold the type of card from the Dominant during the interrogation scene. Choosing such a simple secret helps avoid any emotional angst that could occur if the Dominant forces the submissive to reveal sensitive or personal information.

You can vary an interrogation scene by setting extra challenges for the submissive. The Dominant might challenge the submissive partner to conceal the secret for a set period of time.

Another option is getting the submissive to convince the Dominant of a lie, rather than the truth. For example, the submissive might say they drew a queen of hearts card, rather than the queen of clubs. At the end of an interrogation scene played in this way, either the Dominant or the submissive person wins a prize of their choosing. This style of interrogation scene is a great option for switches as it gives the submissive a greater degree of power.

For a successful scene, it is a good idea to have any props you want to use set out and handy. For instance, if you have agreed to a scenario that involves ripping off or destroying clothes, it's a good idea for the submissive to wear old or unwanted clothes. Of course, if it doesn’t violate the submissive’s limits it can add extra intensity for the dominant to threaten and destroy the submissive’s good clothes and lingerie.

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As an interrogation scene can be physically and psychologically challenging, it’s smart to establish a safe word before play begins. Once the submissive says the safe word, the scene should end immediately.

A safe action is also handy for interrogation play that compromises the submissive’s ability to speak. Keep a pair of bandage scissors close by during scenes with bondage to quickly release the submissive if they become overwhelmed.

As with all BDSM activities, Dominants should consider their submissive's emotional state as interrogation scenes can trigger strong reactions. Dominants should monitor their submissives for signs of panic and trauma that suggest they are struggling with the scene, even if they haven’t used their safe word or action and have an appropriate aftercare routine to help them ease back into the "real world."

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