Request for Participants: Interviews on BDSM and its effect on trauma and shame.

As a student at Goddard College I gathered stories from individuals who have experienced sexual trauma and have, either successfully or unsuccessfully, intentionally used BDSM to cope with, treat, or otherwise re-direct their emotions around the issue. BDSM, as we use it here, is a compound acronym referring to Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism and Masochism among other variants in sexual exploration. For the purposes of this survey it is the term used to account for all "alternative" sexual practices related to the mentioned activities.

This interview is being administered under the assumption that you, as the interviewee, have at some point willingly experimented with hair pulling, spanking, being tied up, tying someone up, role playing, and other related activities that may not be detailed in this survey. If discussing these aspects of your experience is not acceptable please feel free to end the interview now. If not, we will begin with some questions to establish a common understanding and build to more personal questions.

With those willing and able, I would like to do interviews in person or over the phone as available. My partner, Aicila Wyles, and I travel to colleges, universities, and conferences across the country to present the findings of this work, and would be happy to meet with you then if the schedule allows. Phone interviews will be conducted for those unable or uninterested in attending.

Your participation in this survey and interview, is to foster the continued evolution of this work, so it can grow and adapt as our understanding of this topic changes. The final purpose of this project was to assemble a collected work of stories and experiences that expresses some of the decisions and feelings involved in the various paths people have taken through this. This has been completed and is now being performed upon request. It is entitles A Kink in the Cure. The presentation will is similar to The Vagina Monologues, Pouring Tea, Do You Know Who I Am?, and other collected oral and written histories.

-Tim Murray
Therapeutic Kink Practitioner
Author, Creator, Performer
A Kink in the Cure
www.akinkinthecure.com

    Anonymity

    This google survey has been set-up without any of the automatic identity gathering elements enabled. The only information stored about you, is what you complete in the fields. If you would like to further ensure this, simply log out of your google account and access the survey through this link goo.gl/M2U3E without being signed in. None of the information given will be used without prior contact with each participant following their initial submission or inquiry.

    Importance of Self Care

    This subject may be loaded with personal baggage and I wish to respect that. All the below questions are optional and while some people may prefer writing out their experiences or stories, others may prefer to save that for a personal interview. Either way is acceptable, please simply skip any questions you do not wish to answer.

    Want to Skip The Survey?

    Some participants have asked for an option to not write on the experiences and just to do the interview. This is also a possible option. Simply scroll down to the contact information section and I will contact you to set up a meeting in person or on the phone as available.
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    Elements of BDSM and their impact on you.

    Having emotional and/or physical control of another person
    Another person having emotional and/or physical control over you.
    Recieving Pain
    Inflicting Pain
    Simulated Rape (being attacked)
    Simulated Rape (as the attacker)
    Simulated Incest
    Being Humiliated
    Humiliating Another
    Tying up or restraining someone else with rope, saran wrap, straps or other implements
    Being tied up or restrained with rope, saran wrap, straps or other implements
    Role Playing (such as boss/employee, prisoner/warden, student/teacher, etc)
    Other Activity not on list
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    Contact Information

    Anonymity is crucial to this process. Know that I will not be sharing any information disclosed here. It will be used only to contact you to share the finished product of the work and to follow up with the personal interview if you so desire.
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