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Help-Seeking and Coping Behaviors related to Sexual Assault_MTurk

You are invited to complete a brief survey that measures sexual assault instances, help-seeking behavior, coping mechanism and symptoms (if any) about trauma. Note: Participants will be asked a few brief questions of a slightly personal nature. Participants will be screened first on experiences with sexual assault, in order to participate in the main study. Participation in the screening takes about 3 minutes and no more than 20 minutes to complete the main study.  Please click on the link below (or copy and paste into your browser) and complete the survey.  Your participation is voluntary, and you may discontinue at any point. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this questionnaire. For participating in the main study, participants will receive $1.00 for participation. To complete the survey follow the link below. Thank you for your time!

Project Title: Help-seeking behavior and coping style related to sexual assault label.

Investigators: Shahzor Hashim and Dr. Esther Malm, Dept. of Psychology, Murray State University, Murray, KY 42071. 

You are being asked to participate in a project conducted through Murray State University. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate. Below is an explanation of the purpose of the project, the procedures to be used, and the potential benefits and possible risks of participation.

Nature and Purpose of the Project: The purpose of this study is to gain information on help-seeking behaviors and coping mechanism among people who have experienced sexual assault, and how they identify themselves.

Explanation of Procedures: Your participation in this study will require you to complete a survey that measures various sexual assault instances, help-seeking behavior, coping mechanism, and symptoms (if any) about trauma.  Your total participation should take no longer than 25 minutes.     

Discomforts and Risks: Some of the questions require information of traumatic instances, and can cause discomfort. You should contact your local psychological services provider if you need help.  Regardless, please know that you can quit participating at any time without penalty.

Benefits: There are no direct individual benefits to you beyond the opportunity to learn first-hand what it is like to participate in a research study and to learn about some of the methods involved in psychological research. A general benefit is that you will add to our knowledge of the research subject

Compensation: You will be paid $1 for completing this survey.

Confidentiality: Your responses and participation in all tasks will be completely anonymous; they will only be numerically coded and not recorded in any way that can be identified with you. The faculty Investigator will keep all information related to this study secure for at least three years after completion of this study, after which all such documents will be destroyed.

Required Statement on Internet Research: All survey responses that the researcher receives will be treated confidentially and stored on a secure server or hard drive. However, given that the surveys can be completed from any computer (e.g., personal, work, school), we are unable to guarantee the security of the computer on which you choose to enter your responses. As a participant in this study, the researcher wants you to be aware that certain “keylogging” software programs exist that can be used to track or capture data that you enter and/or websites that you visit.


Refusal/Withdrawal: Your participation in this study should be voluntary.  Your refusal to participate will involve no penalty. In addition, you have the right to withdraw at any time during the study without penalty or prejudice from the researchers. For participating in the main study, you will be paid $1.  To complete the survey, follow the link below. Thank you for your time!

By clicking on the "Next" button below, you are indicating you are at least 18 years old, and you voluntarily consent to participate in this research.   

This survey is anonymous.

The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it.

If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.