RapeLay Coverage Hits Home for Teen Girl

April 23, 2010 -

While we often make light of reactions to RapeLay from the media and politicians, the recent reemergence of the game into the spotlight has caused a 14-year old victim of sexual assault to come out and publicly denounce the title.

Well-meaning teen Elena Lyons contacted Charleston, South Carolina’s News 2 in order to voice her concerns over the game, saying, “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.”

Lyons, who says she was sexually assaulted by a non-family member at age eight, has started an online petition against the game and is organizing a walk that she hopes will stop the game.

Unfortunately, short of destroying all the tubes that comprise the Internet, there’s not much that can be done about the availability of RapeLay, perhaps someone should have told Lyons that.


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Re: RapeLay Coverage Hits Home for Teen Girl

Since the chances of her attackers having played a game like this are so remote even a bloodhound couldn't find it, blaming the game is indeed silly, since most games of that nature are NEVER released in the states.

Re: RapeLay Coverage Hits Home for Teen Girl

 That one is a victim is never an excuse to try to hurt others.  

Looks like this girl has found a socially acceptable way to do the 'abuse victim becomes an abuser' pattern.  

Re: RapeLay Coverage Hits Home for Teen Girl

Preventing people from playing a game is hardly comparable to being raped. Gamers aren't being "raped" over a "ban" for this game.

I don't consider this revenge either, she is trying to stop the promotion of rape. I see similar well-meaning campaigns all the time in the UK. Family members of a murder victim look for a cause for the murder and start campaigns to prevent the causes, thus trying to prevent further murder and many other examples. I've seen attempts to ban games (the Manhunt fiasco), car speeding, pornography, etc. They are all well-meaning campaigns that are not based on revenge but on further prevention.

Regardless this game was never available in the US (or anywhere else outside of Japan), one seller on Amazon had it, but that was all. The game is self censored due to its availability, I pretty much consider the game banned in all but name.

Re: RapeLay Coverage Hits Home for Teen Girl

Family members of a murder victim look for a cause for the murder and start campaigns to prevent the causes, thus trying to prevent further murder and many other examples. I've seen attempts to ban games (the Manhunt fiasco), car speeding, pornography, etc. They are all well-meaning campaigns that are not based on revenge but on further prevention.

Then, with all due respect to the families of the victims, they are wasting their time and strength wanting to ban porn or games as cause of crimes. It won´t work ever, even if they succeded.

Blaming a work of fiction or a product for a real life tragedy is irresponsable and delusional and that doesn´t get justice for nobody.

People have to understand that to prevent crime or tragedies they have to take the problems directly. But as always, is always more easy (and profitable) to shift the blame to an inanimated object.

 

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