Avatar Rape: Unacceptable Behavior on Second Life

It’s interesting to see what the “community” standards are, and what is acceptable.  This article discusses guides for behavior on Second Life.  From the article:

Educational institutions with a presence in or that introduced students to virtual worlds might want to analyze the phenomenon of avatar rape…


Avatar harassment and sexual assault remain controversial issues because institutions hosting virtual worlds are not accustomed to dealing with — or even discussing — digital forms of these distressing behaviors.

Harassment and assault are frequent infractions in virtual environs, including those frequented by students and professors. London journalist Tim Guest, author of Second Lives: a Journey Through Virtual Worlds, estimated that “about 6.5 percent of logged-in residents” have filed one or more abuse reports in Second Life. By the end of 2006, he writes, Linden Lab, creator of Second Life, “was receiving close to 2,000 abuse reports a day.”


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