In first-of-its kind case, woman sexually assaulted in Virtual Reality

HTC VR set

Photo: The Verge

If you are a female, then do you realize the probability of falling victim to lewd and pervert players in virtual reality games? Well, you should start worrying about it because first-of-its-kind virtual sexual-assault has been reported by a female who was trying her hand at a VR game.

It might sound like whining for just whine, but a lady alleged a sexual assault while she was immersed in a Virtual Reality game called QuiVR at the house of her brother-in-law. Not disclosing her identity, she described the horrific as well as strange experience she went through.

She said that she was trying this new VR game in which players take over control of archers to take down zombies with arrows. She found the Virtual Reality environment incredibly realistic and was smitten by the thrill she experienced.

Sexula Assault in Virtual Reality

Screen-shot from the game in which she was assaulted

However, as soon as she switched over to multi-player mode, she found herself next to another player by the username of BigBro442. In multiplayer mode, both players appear identical on screen, but one can differentiate between male and female voice. On hearing a female voice, BigBro442 turned to the lady.

Suddenly, BigBro442’s disembodied helmet faced me dead-on. His floating hand approached my body, and he started to virtually rub my chest.

She said.

She shouted at him on the microphone to stop it. But when he didn’t stop, her annoyance grew into anger.

This goaded him on, and even when I turned away from him, he chased me around, making grabbing and pinching motions near my chest. Emboldened, he even shoved his hand toward my virtual crotch and began rubbing,

She further added.

She explained that while it sounds ridiculous to mind such event when there was no assault on her body in real life, the experience was identical and equally embarrassing as it would be in reality. She found herself helpless, trying to escape a pervert.

There I was, being virtually groped in a snowy fortress with my brother-in-law and husband watching,

She said.

The victim couldn’t get the experience off her mind for over a week during which all sort of thoughts kept crossing her mind.

Well, game-developers now must ponder over this aspect of VRT too. Is this going to be yet another space that women do not venture into?

Via: Medium



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