In this story, Scott and his Dom mention and use several sex toys. For an introduction to anal toys, including butt plugs, vibrators, and best practices for toy care, check out Good Vibrations. Babeland also has good resources on cock rings,, sensation play (including the floggers used in this story), spanking, as well as anal toys. And always remember, no silicone lube on silicone toys!
Scott and his Dom also have safe and pleasurable anal sex. Note however that barrier methods, including internal and external condoms, are important to prevent STI transmission. Even in monogamous partnerships, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be present without symptoms.
Scott uses BDSM as a healthy outlet for stress. This is very common! In fact, many people have written about finding healing in safe and consensual BDSM practices. Although abuse can exist in sub/dom relationships, Scott and his Dom show how to use safe words, agreed upon scenarios, and ongoing and intimate consent practices to make it fun for everyone. They also demonstrate safe bondage practices, such as checking tightness of restraints. And of course, autostraddle has some great resources gathered on BDSM more broadly.