A 14-year-old American rape victim has started a petition to have “rape games,” specifically RapeLay, banned. She was sexually assaulted at age 8 in a crime which had occurred before the game was released and appears to have had nothing to do with adult games.
Quoth the girl:
“This game is wrong. It needs to be stopped. No game like this should ever be put out there. Rape is not a joke. People seem to think that it is. They don’t take it seriously, but rape isn’t a joke. It is very hurtful.”
Apparently no one told her the game was never released in the USA and has already been withdrawn from sale – most copies now circulating are themselves already illegal by way of piracy.
South Carolina news picked up the story, doubtless hoping for some easy Japan-bashing controversy ala CNN:
The petition resides here – although heavily vandalised, be warned that the mass media will likely simply report the total number of entries, irrespective of their validity.
Considering the US leads the world in producing games centred on the most heinous and enjoyable acts of murder and carnage, the sheer hypocrisy of any criticism of Japan prior to a ban on violent games in the US hardly needs mentioning.