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Psychology and Psychotherapy: Research Study

‘Rape day’-A virtual Reality Video Game Causes Outrage

Submission: March 29, 2019;Published: April 12, 2019

DOI: 10.31031/PPRS.2019.02.000537

ISSN: 2639-0612
Volume2 Issue3


This article examines developments in relation to video games that promote sexual violence. It uses the example of a recent controversial video game ‘Rape Day’ that caused international outrage. Empirical evidence suggests that players who engage with sexual violence content in video games may experience a range of negative effects including desensitization, lower empathy towards victims/survivors and a propensity for violent behaviour. This review concludes that concerns mentioned in the literature highlight the need for further study of this new social reality.

Keywords: Objectification; Rape myth acceptance; Violent video games; Sexual assault; Sexual violence

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