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Madelaine McMasters wrote:


I've one of the 75% of US women who've never been raped, so I'm pretty sure I've no idea what it's like, especially for the 3% of US men who've endured the anguish. I'd rather include than exclude people from the conversation.

So, is Snugs among those three percent?

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Philosophical comments about rape aside...

The legal definition of "rape" or "sexual assault" requires that the offender physically touch you in certain ways (e.g. "penetration of the labia majora" and such).  Second Life has nothing to do with physically touching, nobody touched anyone, and it is all make believe.  It should be obvious that you cannot "prosecute someone in real life" for "raping" you in Second Life, regardless of what they did.

You might be able to get a prosecutor to go after them for some other crime.  Where I live, there is a law on the books (don't know if it has been tested, even for Constitutionality) which is "Harassment by Computer".  "If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor."

By the way, this idea of "rape" in cyberspace is not new ground.  It already happened about 20 years ago on an earlier virtual world system called "LambdaMOO".  (I was there.)

You can read lots about it on the web.  For starters, http://www.juliandibbell.com/articles/a-rape-in-cyberspace/.

Or the Wikipedia article about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Rape_in_Cyberspace

Just last week I learned that there is now a stage play about it, so I guess it's topical:  http://citypaper.com/arts/stage/what-a-tangled-web-1.1492872

 

 

 

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Melita Magic wrote:


Madelaine McMasters wrote:


I've one of the 75% of US women who've never been raped, so I'm pretty sure I've no idea what it's like, especially for the 3% of US men who've endured the anguish. I'd rather include than exclude people from the conversation.

So, is Snugs among those three percent?

Maddy doesn't allow me to belong to any demographic.

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Jewel Laurasia wrote:

This thread is mind rape. Can't believe it's still going lol

Would you like to file an abuse report?   I know it will be hard to have consensual conversations in the future, and a healthy, loving, mind relationship.

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