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Trivializing a serious reality

Every once in a while, I read something that shocks me. Last week while I was checking the headlines, I read this. “Rapelay virtual rape game banned by Amazon.”

I think it goes without saying that I was surprised that there was a virtual rape video game. I clicked the link and read the very disturbing article.

The basic facts of the game are this:

Players are instructed to rape a mother and her two daughters at an underground station, before they are allowed to rape any female in the station. If a players victim becomes pregnant, players attempt to force them to have an abortion. If their victims have the child, the player is thrown under a train.

There’s also a feature that allows multiple players to gang rape a single woman.

This is what passes for entertainment? This is fun? Really?

The best part: a Japanese (the game was made in Japan) ethics watchdog group approved the game for distribution.

The more rational side of me is saying that Grand Theft Auto also encourages gamers to commit an illegal act.

But this game just riles me up. It seems once again that we’re trivializing violence against women.
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, one in every six American women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. Think of your daughter, wife, girlfriend and five of her friends. Statistically, one of them will be a victim.

Every two minutes, someone in the U.S is sexually assaulted.

And, only six percent of rapists will ever spend a day in jail.

By making and playing games like this, we trivialize a very serious reality for millions of women across the country. We minimize what victims of sexual assault are put through. We make it just a game.

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February 18, 2009
3:35 p.m.

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I think people have a right to make a game like that, disgusting as it might seem. But we have the right to not buy it and to not buy anything else that company makes, either.

February 18, 2009
4:23 p.m.

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Dranon analyzes all matters through the prism of right vs. left politics. Expressing outrage over(without seeking an outright ban of) this form of entertainment is only "cuddling the radical kooks on the right" to a zealous partisan. I agree with mhowie that we should refrain from buying this product or its progeny.

February 19, 2009
9:45 a.m.

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You can't yell "FIRE" in a crowded theater. Encouraging men to rape women in a video game is exactly the same thing.

February 19, 2009
10:55 a.m.

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I have to day this is the first time I've been accused of "cuddling the radical kooks on the right." Longtime readers of this blog know that I never call for censorship. But I'm also sensitive to the issue of violence against women. This game trivializes a very serious problem and I'm going to say that I don't like it. I won't buy and I'l going to discourage other people to do the same. Thanks for reading.

February 20, 2009
5:37 p.m.

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Here is a "game" designed by morons for morons. Who's to say that one of the morons playing this "game" over and over again won't someday decide to try his hand at the real criminal act?
On a smaller scale, I am convinced some of these young, reckless drivers on the road today have been influenced by hours of fast car "driving" in these idiotic video games .. and have taken their "skills" to the road.
This game should be banned; if a rape occurred, and the moron behind the crime was tied to hours and hours of this game ... the manufacturers would lose everything in a slam-dunk lawsuit. And deservedly so!

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