My name is Zaria. I’ve had dreams since I can remember-vivid wonderful dreams. Then one day I stopped dreaming. When I was 25, my dreams came back and they were more difficult than ever. I need you to help me figure out why I started dreaming.

Please be aware that Lucidty contains material surrounding interpersonal and community violence. Resources are available here and throughout the interactive story. For more information about Lucidity

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You have expressed interest in participating in an interactive story that is part of a research study. If you are 18 years and older, in order to participate in this study you must first give your consent. If you are under 18 years of age you must also provide parental consent, as required by law. For parental consent, we follow the email consent mechanism laid out by the federal Child Online Privacy Protection Policy Act (COPPA). You will need to enter the email address for your parent or legal guardian and they will be contacted asking to provide consent (via email). Your parent or legal guardian will then be contacted again within five days to confirm their consent.

Why is this study being done?

To evaluate Lucidity, an interactive story designed to promote educational messages about the frequency of sexual assault, resources for young men and women who experience sexual assault, and trusted websites for information about sexual assault.

What is involved in the study?

You will play Lucidity, where you can read information and view puzzles and images. This is an digital collection telling the story of Zaria in three different time periods (adolescents, young adulthood, and later adulthood). As an adolescent, Zaria was sexually assaulted and did not seek counseling or care; as a young adult, she marries and moves to Chicago and tests positive for an STI and starts thinking back to her earlier experiences; and as the adult narrator, she reflects on all of these experiences. To trace this story, you will play through the interactive story, solving puzzles, picking up pieces of video, and reading graphic novel pages that link the stories. After the conclusion of the interactive story portion of the study, you will be prompted to complete a voluntary short survey asking you questions about your experience with playing through the interactive story.

What about confidentiality?

All data from this study will be kept completely confidential. The survey will be anonymous with the exception of your email address and/or parent’s email address which is needed to confirm consent/assent to participate. You will not be asked to sign your name on any documents linking you to this research study.

What are the risks?

There are no major risks to participating in this study. However, you may be uncomfortable with the content of the interactive story. There is also the slight risk of loss of confidentiality which we have limited by restricting the information collected to the collection of your email and survey responses only. You can choose not to participate at any time if you are uncomfortable.

What are the benefits?

If you agree to take part in this study, there is no direct benefit to you, but the information you provide will help educators, physicians, and policy makers understand how online games and interactive stories can be used to increase knowledge about sexual assault.

What are the costs?

There are no costs to you for participating in this study.

What are my rights as a participant?

Taking part in this study is voluntary. You may choose to stop participating at any time.

Whom do I call if I have questions or problems?

If you have any questions about this study, you may contact the research team at 773-834-7727.

If you have any questions concerning your rights in this research study you may contact the Institutional Review Board, which is concerned with the protection of subjects in research projects. You may reach the Committee office between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, by calling (773) 702-6505 or by writing: Institutional Review Board, University of Chicago, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., McGiffert Hall, Chicago, Illinois 60637.

I have read the above terms, am 18 years or older, and wish to participate.
I have read the above terms, and consent that my child participates.