I invite you to take part in an online survey, which aims to understand your views and experiences as a self-identified ritual abuse survivor on the use of online forums and social media platforms.
This research is being carried out as part of my PhD study at the University of Dundee School of Education and Social Work. The results from this study will be used to inform other survivors on the advantages and disadvantages of using online forums and social media platforms. The findings will also be used in improving online services for other survivors.
The aim of this study is to
1. Understand the barriers encountered by ritual abuse survivors when using face to face or telephone-based services that have encouraged them to use online forums and social media platforms.
2. Understand how online forums and social media platforms have helped ritual abuse survivors to overcome or minimise barriers encountered in face-to-face or telephone-based services.
3. Understand how ritual abuse survivors have utilised the benefits of online forums or social media platforms to offer support to others, access support, talk about ritual abuse, engage in advocacy work, raise awareness on ritual abuse and connect with other ritual abuse survivors.
Eligible participants for this online survey are those:
· That self-identify as Ritual Abuse (RA) survivors
· Aged 18 years and above
· Able to read and write in English.
· Who have used or are currently using online forums or social media platforms to talk about their ritual abuse, support survivors or engage in advocacy and awareness campaigns about ritual abuse.
Please read through these terms, and if you agree to take part, please tick the ‘yes’ box below. You may ask any questions before taking part by contacting the researcher (details below).
Details of the Online Survey
You will need to respond to 3 questions on your eligibility to participate, approximately 20 questions on your views and experiences of using online platforms, some demographic questions and your future involvement in an online focus group interview.
It should take about 30 minutes. It is recommended that you complete the survey in one sitting. However, if you are not able to complete the survey in one sitting, you will be given the option to return to the survey at a later time. If possible, please try to complete the survey in a location where you will be undisturbed. No background knowledge is required.
The survey will be open for 2 months effective from the 15th of February 2019 and will close on the 16th of April 2019.
Do I have to take part?
Participation in this study is completely voluntary, and you are free to refuse to take part or to withdraw from the study at any time, without having to give a reason, and without this affecting your membership of RANS message board and any other online forums accessible to you. You can be involved with the research to whatever degree you choose including the possibility of being involved in an online focus group via the RANS forum https://ransforum.org.uk
What if I decide not to take part?
If you choose not to take part in the study, nothing will change. If you decide to withdraw from the study at a later stage after it starts, the data you have provided will be anonymised and used for analysis. I will not collect any further information from you.
How will your data be used?
The information you provide as part of the study is the research data. Your survey answers will be completely anonymous. The survey itself will not collect any identifying information, such as your name or birthdate, and your IP address will not be stored.
I will paraphrase the direct quotes used in my publications.
I have included a ‘Don’t know/Prefer not to say’ option in the main survey, and you will be able to skip questions if you prefer not to answer.
Are there any potential risks in taking part?
The following risks are involved in taking part:
- Potential psychological discomfort. To reduce any possible risks, I will not ask you anything of a sensitive nature (for example about graphic details of the ritual abuse). I will not ask you to share anything that is personal, or that might be sensitive or upsetting for you. I am purely interested in your views and experiences as a self-defined RA survivor on the use of online forums and social media platforms. I am keen to find out what you use online forums and social media platforms for, why you use them and how they have enabled you to talk about ritual abuse, access support and as well as supporting others. I will also provide information on resources that may help reduce any discomfort you experience.
- The potential for the collected data to be compromised. The research data will be stored confidentially using the secure server at the University of Dundee School of Education and Social Work, and all data will be anonymised.
Who will have access to your data?
Jisc Online Surveys and the University of Dundee are the data controllers for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR. Data will be downloaded from Jisc Online Surveys after the survey has ended. Once this data has been downloaded to a secured server, information will be deleted from Jisc Online Surveys. Your data will be stored confidentially in password-protected files using the secure server at the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee. Research data will be stored on a secure server for a minimum of three years after the publication of my PhD thesis, at which point it will be deleted from the server and submitted to the UK Data Archive. All submitted data will be completely anonymised
Data will be used in academic publications. However, no identifying information will be included. Rather, answers to questions will be summarised broadly.
What is the purpose of the study?
This online survey is for my PhD study. The principal researcher is a PhD student in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee. This PhD is being completed under the supervision of Dr Susan Levy and Dr Victoria Jupp Kina.
The University of Dundee is the data controller concerning your data, and as such will determine how your data is used in the study. The University will process your data for the research outlined above. Research is a task that we perform in the public interest.
Further information about your rights concerning your data is available from https://www.dundee.ac.uk/information-governance//dataprotection/
Ethical approval has been received from the University of Dundee’s Research Ethics Committee. If you have any ethical concerns with this study, please contact Dr Murray Simpson, Education and Social Work SREC Convener on email@example.com.
What if there is a problem?
If you have a concern about any aspect of this project, please speak to the researcher, Joseph Lumbasi; firstname.lastname@example.org or my supervisors, Dr Susan Levy email@example.com or Dr Victoria Jupp Kina firstname.lastname@example.org who will do their best to answer your query. The researcher should acknowledge your concern within 10 working days and give you an indication of how they intend to deal with it.
If you wish to make a complaint about any aspect of the way you have been approached or treated during this study, the normal complaints procedure will be available to you. You can send an anonymous complaint by email to Dr Murray Simpson, Education and Social Work SREC Convener on email@example.com. The Convenor will seek to resolve the matter in a reasonably expeditious manner.
Please note that you will not be able to go back to previous answers once you have gone to the next page during the survey.