Magda Zima considers online sexual offences and VR
Towards the end of 2021, Nina Patel, co-founder and VP of metaverse research, wrote about her experience of sexual harassment in the Metaverse’s Venues. Patel reported how her avatar was verbally and sexually assaulted by three to four male avatars, who also took and later shared with her photos of the incident. She wrote: ‘In some capacity, my physiological and psychological response was as though it happened in reality.’
It appears that Patel is not alone. The Centre for Countering Digital Hate found that users of metaverse’s VR chat, including children, are exposed to abusive behaviour online every seven minutes over t...