The topic of virtual reality rape has not been extensively popularised as of now. Despite the fact that it has been discussed, today’s societal construct only permits rape to occur in real life. Because rape is more closely associated with the physical form of the act, it is even more difficult to comprehend in a non-physical virtual environment. However, the advancement of computer-mediated communication (CMC) has created a dependable platform for people to network with one another in virtual reality and have an open discussion on the subject.
Virtual rape is a term that has been coined to describe the act of
Because the notion is only now being freely discussed and recognised, it does not yet have a well-established legal definition. Virtual rape, on the other hand, can be described as the act of forcing someone into an unwilling sexual act in a virtual setting. It could entail a non-consensual touch, exposure, or character representation modification.
The behaviour may differ depending on whether the virtual environment is a visual one with online avatars (a figure that represents a specific user in a video game) or a more direct type of textual immersive contact. There may be gaps in the definition due to its narrow scope, which excludes other types of sexual assault and sexually explicit behaviour. As a result, an ideal definition would advise that virtual rape be defined as rape that occurs in the actual world.
Sexual autonomy is being violated on the internet.
As a criminal offence, rape is one of the most heinous and despised acts that one may commit against another. Though, over time, numerous penal codes have recognised various types of rape, ranging from penial-vaginal penetration to oral and anal penetrations, forceful insertion of inanimate objects, drowsiness, incapable victims, deception, and other types of problematic inappropriate sex.
Is it a crime – this is the essential argument.
The shift of rape into space online makes this terrible scene a little less intimate and intrusive as it moves virtual. The intrusion reduces as the proximity and imagery are removed from the entire act in comparison to the actual real-life event, without diminishing the terrible impact it may have on the victims. The offender’s control and coercion are reduced, resulting in a less stressful encounter for the victim. It differs from a real-life rape situation in which physical force, compulsion, and unwillingness are used.
It has been stated that society has not yet reached a position where virtual attacks should be considered illegal. However, due to a lack of legislative or judicial acknowledgment, the matter remains largely subjective at this time. With all of the knowledge and data accessible, the only way to answer the issues that arose from the situation was to conduct thorough study. To have a prominent and clear understanding, our legislators would need to be wise while dealing with an allegation of virtual rapes and the concerns that go along with it. Until then, it is the responsibility of virtual communities and their producers to establish safe virtual environments for its users.