Women's Experiences
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Dear Participant:
You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Lauren Hamrick, M.A., a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee.  The purpose of this study is to obtain information about how individuals make sense of experiences of sexual assault that occur during the adult years.

To be eligible for this study, you must be a woman, at least 18 years or older, and have experienced sexual assault since at the age of 16 or older. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may choose not to participate or discontinue your participation at any time. Participation or non-participation will not impact the care you receive from any service agency.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire that will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Any information you provide will be kept confidential. Data from the study will be summarized and presented in group form. Some individuals may experience discomfort if certain items cause the recall of events or emotions that they find distressing or when answering questions about information they consider sensitive. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to answer. If you do experience any distress or discomfort as a result of your participation, we encourage you to contact your local sexual assault services agency, or the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, which staffs its phone lines 24 hours per day:

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)           https://rainn.org         1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

The information you provide may be helpful in increasing our understanding of sexual assault survivors’ experiences and mental health, although the information collected may not benefit you directly. To thank you for your participation, you may enter an optional drawing awarding a $25 gift card to 20 randomly selected persons.  The $25 gift cards are to a national retailer, such as Target or Walmart. The link to the drawing is separate from your survey information so that we can assure confidentiality of your survey responses. If you wish to be entered into the drawing without participating in the study, please send an email to lhamrick@utk.edu requesting to do so with the subject line “gift card entry.” The winners of the drawing will be notified within four weeks of the completion of data collection. Once drawing winners are selected and gift cards are sent electronically, all email addresses will be deleted.

If you have questions or comments at any time about this research project, you may contact the researcher, Lauren Hamrick, at lhamrick@vols.utk.edu, or her faculty advisor, Dr. Gina Owens, at gowens4@utk.edu or 865-974-2204. If you would like to receive a brief written summary of the results when the study is complete, please send a request to Lauren Hamrick via e-mail (please write “Moderation Study Results” in the subject line). This protocol has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. If you have questions about your rights as a participant, you may contact the University of Tennessee IRB Compliance Officer at utkirb@utk.edu or (865) 974-7697.

It is suggested you print this page for future reference.

By clicking the “yes” button below, you are giving your consent to participate.