REB # 2021-001
Exploring the Use of Online Forums in those who are Sexually Attracted to Children.
Title: Exploring the Use of Online Forums in those who are Sexually Attracted to
the study purpose? You are invited to participate in
an online study aiming to understand the use of online forums by people who are
sexually attracted to children. We have no financial interest in conducting
eligible to participate? You are eligible to participate
in this study if you are age 18 or older and if you identify as an individual
who is sexually attracted to children under the age of 15 years old. As the
survey is in English, you should also be confident in your ability to
understand the English language.
does my participation involve? You will be completing
an anonymous online survey that will take between 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
No personally identifying information will be collected (e.g., IP address).
There will be no way for the investigators to link to your specific survey and
you will remain anonymous through your participation.
will I be asked? You will be asked questions about
your participation in online forums/support groups aimed at those who are sexually attracted to children. You will not be asked about past or present sexual behaviour.
are the benefits? Your survey data will contribute to
the literature on the role of online forums for people who are sexually
attracted to children.
are the risks? You will be asked to volunteer
information regarding aspects of your sexual preferences, experiences within
online forums, and about individuals in your personal life who might know about
your sexual attraction to children. Some of these questions could make you feel
Efforts to safeguard and anonymize information
have been taken; however, you may want to take additional precautions to
protect your anonymity. For example, you might choose to avoid completing the
survey in a public space, delete browser history, or use other security
measures. The survey has been hosted on Soscisurvey, which allows you to
complete the survey if you are using TOR browsers.
You may contact Dr. Michael Seto or the
Research Ethics Board at the Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research if you
have any concerns. Please remember that by contacting the researchers or the
Research Ethics Board, we will be aware of your participation in the study, but
we will not be able to connect you to your individual responses.
will be done with my information? The information you
share will be anonymous and will only be used for research purposes. You will
be anonymous as no personal identifying information will be gathered. This
means that you cannot be connected to your responses to the survey.
Privacy. Your privacy is protected by the server www.soscisurvey.de (no
storage of IP addresses; use of SSL encryption with a signed certificate;
server is secured against unauthorized access according to common standards;
access to the server is SSH-encrypted; the questionnaires do not use any
cookies). The data you provide is securely held on a server in Germany. There
is very little risk associated with storing data in an outside server in
Germany; in fact, “in an international comparison, Germany offers a very high
level of data protection - both with regard to the obligations of companies as
well as with regard to governmental/agency access and interference” (see https://www.soscisurvey.de/en/privacy).
Further, the data are subject to legal regulations such as the Federal Data
Protection Act, and the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
Please note that you are free to withdraw from
the study at any point in time by closing your web browser and incomplete
studies will be deleted manually; however, due to anonymization it is not
possible to delete data after completing the survey.
The data will be stored on password protected
computers belonging to the researchers and will be stored for ten (10) years.
The only individuals allowed to access the information will be members of the
research team. Once data is collected and analyzed, the results will be shared
through presentations, journal articles, or seminars.
I withdraw from the study? Your participation in this
study is voluntary and you may withdraw at any point in time by exiting your
web browser. If you choose to withdraw, your data will be destroyed and not
analyzed. Once the study is complete, researchers will not be able to remove
your answers because no identifiable information will be included.
I get more information? If you have any questions
about the study or would like to see the results, you may contact the
researchers by email:
Michael Seto, Ph. D., C. Psych,
Director, Forensic Research Unit
The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health
Kailey Roche, MSc.
Department of Psychology
Please note that if you contact the
investigators directly, you will be identifying yourself and it will be known
that you have completed the survey. Results for this study are anticipated to
be completed by September of 2021 and will be available upon request by email.
You can also find a summary of results on the online forums where we previously posted recruitment information.
Certification: This study has
been reviewed and approved by the Institute of Mental Health Research REB as
If you have any ethical concerns about the study, or the way it is conducted,
please contact the REB office: firstname.lastname@example.org