1. Consent To Participate in the Survey
You are invited to participate in a study examining the factors associated with the experience of sexual assault. My study asks people who have been sexually assaulted in the last 5 years how they felt about reporting. If you are between 18 and 25 and agree to be in the study, you will be asked to complete an on-line survey that should take about 15 minutes to complete. You will be asked questions about the sexual assault; your feelings about reporting the assault to the police; various health-related questions (such as questions about depression and substance use); and your background.
The survey is anonymous. There is no way for anyone to connect you with the answers you provide. Data from all participants will be combined and published for my dissertation and may also be presented at conferences or for journal publication. Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may withdraw your participation at any time for any reason. One way to exit the survey is to click on the "Exit the Survey" link that will be in the upper right-hand corner of the screen that will be displayed at all times. Also, most of the questions have a response option that includes "I prefer not to answer."
There are no direct benefits or costs to you for participating in this study. There is a chance that some people may experience distress or anxiety while recalling the sexual assault and while answering the questions, such as feeling depressed or having flashbacks about the assault. I want you to be aware of free, comprehensive, confidential services that are available if you want to talk to someone about your sexual assault.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline is operated by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the USA. You can call the hotline from anywhere in the USA and your call will be connected automatically to a local rape crisis center in your area.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
The RAINN website: www.RAINN.org
If you live in the Boston area, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) offers a telephone hotline that is open 24/7. If you call, a trained counselor will be available to assist you. BARCC also has clinics and referral services.
The BARCC Hotline:
617-492-7273 or 1-800-841-8371
The BARCC Website:
(If you do not live in the Boston area, BARCC counselors can provide you with the names and phone numbers of other rape crisis support centers throughout Massachusetts and the United States).
Also, Sandra Hannon Engel, PhD, RNCS, a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, is available for telephone and email consultation. Sandra can be reached at:
Please be sure that you understand all of the information above before deciding to participate.
If you have questions, you can contact the Principal Investigator, Carol Anne Marchetti, PhD, RNCS at:
Also, you may contact the Office for Human Research Protection at Northeastern University at
If you are ready to participate, please select "Yes" below.