Second Life is a virtual world where anything is possible. Thousands of people from around the world flock to Second Life every day to engage in role play, business, education, global communication, self promotion, creativity and leisure exploration. Others unfortunately are misguided by dark pleasures and hidden agendas. They are the ones holding Second Life back from being taken seriously. Many real world organizations have pulled out of Second Life due to the shenanigans and distasteful activity that can be easily accessed. So easily, even young children can be potentially exposed to it.
Where do we draw the line? Do we turn the other way and keep it movin’ or do we speak up to make SL a better place?
I understand the Lindens have granted us free will to do virtually anything we want as long as it follows the terms of service, but as a global community are we responsible enough to protect our community from those that promote behaviors that would be considered illegal or harmful to women, children in the real world?
Recently in the headlines, a young woman was brutally gang raped on a bus in India while her male companion was beat nearly to death, later she died from the horrific internal damage that was inflicted on her with a metal pipe. That incident sent shock waves around the world about the treatment of women in India and the Middle East. If that wasn’t shocking enough, just a week later another woman in India was brutally attacked in a similar manner while taking public transportation.
In the U.S. news now, a 16 year old girl from Steubenville Ohio was allegedly sexually assaulted by members of a small town’s highly regarded high school football team and while unconscious, she was reportedly taken around to various parties where she was repeatedly assaulted while members recorded it on their cellphones. If that isn't shocking enough, there are hundreds of thousands of cases reported each year with their own brutal stories.
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Statistics* shows that every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is being sexually assaulted, 80% are under the age of 30. Annually, approximately 207,754 assaults are reported. Sadly, 54% of victims do not report it to police and 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail.
These things don’t just happen in places far from where you live, they occur in cities and town across the US and around the world. The sad thing is, not every case is so highly publicized, but each victim has to live with it every day of their lives, whether the rapist is caught or not.
In my years reporting the news in Second Life, I have come across places that make me happy to be a part of such a creative platform, some disappointed me for one reason or another and other places are downright disgusting and upset me to the core.
One of the things that I’ve shrived to do was educate people about Second Life not being “just a game” or some kind of sexually explicit platform. It is knuckleheads like the ones I’m exposing, that continue to create that ugly stigma that seems to linger like really bad garlic breath.
Just like the issue with child avatars, I think something should be done about places that promote or support Rape, forced fantasy, bestiality, abuse of women, torture, kidnapping and child RP.
These things should NOT be considered “fun and leisure”. If the argument is that it it’s just a “harmless fantasy” because no one is actually being assaulted. There are some underlying mental issues that need to be addressed because IT IS NOT NORMAL. It nurtures criminal behavior and who knows how many of the participants log off and continue to entertain those types of horrendous fantasies on unsuspecting victims.
Why is this allowed in Second Life? Who should be held responsible? Do we wait until something bad happens to react or do we become proactive and get rid of it once and for all?
As a second Life community, I think we all should take a stand against things that can be potentially dangerous situations in the real world. One of the ways you can make a difference is file continuous reports to LL in masses. Gather up everyone on your friend list to take part in the movement against illegal activity in role play. Use any media source you can to bring attention to these virtual criminals and stop it.
It is time we take Second Life more seriously if it is a place you invest your valuable time and money. You wouldn’t want to buy a nice house in a great neighborhood if you knew a pedophile or rapists lived next door to you or anyone you cared about right?
Start reporting illegal and disgraceful activities, the more people that blow the whistle, the higher the chances are of Linden Labs hearing us and stepping up to the plate to cleaning up our virtual world community.
To file an abuse report, go to your help tab and select “abuse report”. A screenshot will be taken to help your claim.