What happens online is real

Online Harm Is Real

Although various forms of online sexual harassment have been with us since the dawn of the internet, recent news suggests that it’s moving into another dimension—the third, to be precise. Gropers are now finding a way to target women through the fully immersive headsets of virtual reality. Writer Jordan Belamire recently wrote of her experience of virtual sexual assault. The man’s disembodied hands, in the QuiVr virtual reality archery game, simulated constant groping of Belamire’s virtual body—specifically, rubbing at her avatar’s chest—and chased her through the game world heedless to her cries of “Stop!” over the game’s voice chat. ….[READ]