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University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee                                                                

Consent to Participate in Online Research


Study Title:  Men’s Sexual Experiences Survey


Person Responsible for Research: Shawn P. Cahill, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM)

Study Description:  You are being invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of this research study is to collect information about men’s sexual experiences. Approximately 1200 men will participate in this study. If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a survey that will take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. The survey will ask you questions about a variety of sensitive topics including attitudes regarding masculinity, sexuality, and sex, including specific types of experiences like unwanted sexual contact. This is being done to better understand men’s experiences and attitudes related to these topics.


Risks / Benefits:  Risks to participants are considered minimal. You will be asked about your attitudes and behaviors in regard to sex and sexual experiences. This may include disclosing information about unwanted sexual experiences. Some people may feel uncomfortable providing personal and sensitive information. If you feel distressed by any of these questions, you may chose not to answer any of the questions and you may discontinue participation at any time without penalty. There is a 24/7 crisis hotline number at the top of each page of the survey. You may also contact the study’s Principle Investigator, Dr. Cahill, who has experience in helping people with emotional issues. Information about additional resources will also be provided at the completion of the survey.


Collection of data and survey responses using the internet involves the same risks that a person would encounter in everyday use of the internet, such as breach of confidentiality. While the researchers have taken every reasonable step to protect your confidentiality, there is always the possibility of interception or hacking of the data by third parties that is not under the control of the research team.


There will be no costs for participating. By agreeing to participate in the study, you will have the option of entering an online drawing for a chance win one of ten $25 Amazon gift cards; chances of winning a gift card is approximately 1 in 60.  Participation is not required to enter the drawing; if you wish not to participate but would like a chance to win, please click “No” below and you will automatically be redirected to a separate Qualtrics page where you will be asked to provide an email address where you can be contacted in the event you win an Amazon gift card. The drawing will occur upon completion of data collection. Additionally, knowledge gained from this research may lead to the development of more effective interventions for men experiencing sexual violence and thus be beneficial to men in the future.


Limits to Confidentiality:  All information collected about you during the course of this survey will be kept confidential. At the end of this survey or upon voluntary withdrawal, you will automatically be redirected to a separate Qualtrics page where you will be asked to provide an email address where you can be contacted in the event you win an Amazon gift card; the email address will not be linked with your responses to this survey. You will still be eligible to enter the raffle even if you discontinue the survey before answering all questions.  Further, the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer you use will not be collected. Data will be retained on the Qualtrics website server for 2 years and will be deleted after this time. However, data may exist on backups or server logs beyond the timeframe of this research project. Data transferred from the survey site will be saved in an encrypted format for 10 years. Only the Principle Investigator and a small number of research assistants under his supervision will have access to the information. However, the Institutional Review Board at UW-Milwaukee or appropriate federal agencies like the Office for Human Research Protections may review this study’s recordsAll study results will be reported without identifying information so that no one viewing the results will ever be able to match you with your responses.


Voluntary Participation:  Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may choose to not answer any of the questions or withdraw from this study at any time without penalty. Your decision will not change any present or future relationship with the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.


Who do I contact for questions about the study:  For more information about the study or study procedures, contact Shawn P. Cahill, Ph.D. at (414)229-5099 or at or a research assistant at (414)229-3188 or


Who do I contact for questions about my rights or complaints towards my treatment as a research subject?  Contact the UWM IRB at 414-229-3173 or


Research Subject’s Consent to Participate in Research: 

By entering this survey, you are indicating that you have read the consent form, you are age 18 or older, you are male, and that you voluntarily agree to participate in this research study.  Further, you are indicating that you have not participated in this survey previously. 



♦​  While the risks of this study are minimal, I may experience discomfort because of the nature of the material.

♦​  There are several protections in place to maintain the confidentiality of my data.

♦​  I may choose to not answer survey questions and I can discontinue at any time without penalty. 




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