First Virtual Rape in Metaverse: Female Avatar is Sexually Assaulted by Gang of Men!

UK police are investigating the first reported virtual case of sexual assault in the metaverse.

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A girl under the age of 16 was left “distraught” after her online character was “gang raped” by a group of “several adult men” in an online room, according to Rebecca Camber, crime editor at the Daily Mail.

Although there was “no physical attack,” officers claimed the girl “suffered the same psychological and emotional trauma as someone who had been raped in the real world,” because the metaverse—online experiences often accessed via virtual reality headsets—is “designed to be completely immersive.”

According to the publication, a senior cop stated that sexual wrongdoing was “rife” in the online realm. According to Camber, this “landmark” case raises questions about whether “such an attack should be prosecuted under current laws.” However, critics may question if police and prosecutors should pursue virtual offenses while “struggling with an enormous backlog of actual rape cases.”

The event occurred when a huge number of adult men electronically assaulted the girl in an online ‘room’ with whom she chatted, according to Mail Online.

While the victim did not sustain physical injuries while wearing a VR headset, the psychological anguish suffered is comparable to a real-world assault due to the immersive quality of the VR experience.

The police are urging legislation to prevent sexual offenses in the metaverse, emphasizing the importance of developing new strategies to safeguard youngsters from exploitation. However, considering the existing backlog of real-world rape investigations, the case raises concerns regarding law enforcement prioritization.

Users create avatars in Horizon Worlds, a free virtual reality (VR) game that Meta (previously Facebook) owns, and use their VR headsets and related equipment to control them. This disclosure comes on the heels of stories of additional sexual assaults in the metaverse, spurring calls for new legislation to address the rising concerns linked to artificial intelligence.

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