Research study: cyber sexual abuse during COVID-19

FIU and the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative are conducting surveys and confidential, audio-recorded interviews with individuals who have experienced cyber sexual abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic (IRB Approval # IRB-21-0040).

The purpose of the study is to advance scientific knowledge on the prevalence, risk factors and consequences of cyber sexual abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic; and to create practical recommendations for information and communication technologies users, service providers and tech companies.

Your participation will take 30 minutes for an initial online survey through Qualtrics and a 45-minute audio-recorded follow-up interview. The study is recruiting about 100 participants.

1 in 12 are victims of nonconsensual porn. 9.21% of women are victims. 6.61% of men are victims. (Among US adult social media users over their lifetime).

The records of this study will be kept private and will be protected to the fullest extent provided by law. In any sort of report published, identifiable information will not be included. Research records will be stored securely and only the project investigator will have access to the records. However, your records may be inspected by authorized university or other agents who will also keep the information confidential.

The study has the following possible risks to you: possible discomfort from recalling experiences of cyberviolence.  

The study has the following possible benefits to you: positive feelings from contributing to a study where the findings will inform recommendations for public and private sectors to reduce the prevalence of cyber violence.

You will be compensated in the amount agreed upon prior to entering this survey. There are no costs to you for participating in this study. If selected to participate in the follow-up interview, you will receive an incentive of a $30 Amazon gift card for your participation.

If you wish to participate in this survey and interview, please send an email to FIUcyberstudy@GMAIL.COM. If selected, we will have a trained interviewer contact you.

Full study information can be found here. If you have any questions about the purpose, procedures, or any other issues relating to this research study you may contact Dr. Asia Eaton at 305-348-0229, aeaton@fiu.edu.