Without My Consent is Seeking Research Participants to Better Understand Online Harassment

Online stalking, harassment, and invasions of privacy can be incredibly destructive. Yet very little empirical data exisits regarding these incidents. This paucity of data hinders educational, support, research and policy efforts. Without My Consent, a non-profit organization seeking to combat online invasions of privacy, is conducting research to better understand the experiences of online harassment. If you are 18 or older and have experienced harassment on the Internet, please consider taking their survey. Full details are below, which are also located on their website:

Are You 18 Years or Older and Have You Experienced Online Stalking, Harassment, and Violations of Privacy on the Internet?

If so, we would appreciate your taking the time to complete a survey.

Our names are Keely Kolmes, Dan Taube, and Colette Vogele. We would like to request your participation in our research on the experience of online harassment. Being harassed online includes things like having someone intrude into your privacy online, someone using the Internet or mobile phone technology to harm your reputation, or someone stalking you online. We want to learn about the kinds of experiences people have, how they cope, and the resources they use to address the problem.

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of Alliant International University.

As a participant, we will ask you a number of multiple choice questions, and some short answer questions, regarding your experiences of harassment on the Internet. Next, we will ask you to give us information about your age, sex, and similar things. It will take at most 15 minutes to finish the survey.

Your input may help in developing better services and resources for people who have experienced online harassment.

No names or personal information will be linked to the study and your participation will be completely anonymous so long as you do not put your name in your responses. If you should wish to contact the researchers directly, your participation may become confidential rather than anonymous, although your name will not be linked to any of the data you submit.

To be eligible for the study, you must be 18 or older, have had (or be currently having) an experience of online harassment, and be able to read and understand English.

If you meet these requirements and want to participate, you can find the survey at: http://goo.gl/pPg5G

If you do not qualify for the study but you know others who might be interested in participating, feel free to forward this notice or the Survey's URL.

Thank you for your interest and participation.

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