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…

http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2010/02/25/bugeja

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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