In ‘1st case of its kind’, UK probes virtual gang rape of girl’s avatar

LONDON: In what seems to be the first of its kind case, the British police is investigating an alleged gang rape of a girl’s avatar in a virtual reality game.
The alleged victim, identified only as a girl under 16, was wearing a VR headset in an immersive game when her avatar – an animated representation of her – was raped by several men, New York Post reported citing Daily Mail.”Although she did not sustain any physical injuries, she may have suffered trauma similar to someone who had been raped in real life,” police sources told Daily Mail. The UK authorities, however, fear that it may be impossible to prosecute the accused under existing laws.
The probe has also raised questions about whether police should be using time and limited resources to investigate metaverse crimes while struggling with a backlog of in-person rape cases. But UK home secretary James Cleverly has defended the trailblazing VR rape probe. “I know it is easy to dismiss this as being not real, but the whole point of these virtual environments is they are incredibly immersive,” he said. Cleverly also argued that someone willing to rape a child’s avatar may do so in real-life too.
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