Sadly, Rape Just a Click Away

It‘s no shock that today video games are a vast playing ground for breeding violence. They have been for years and it is something we all know far too well. 

Although I am not a gamer myself I am well aware of the shooting, bombing, and killing that play out across the screen with just the click of a button. If that weren’t enough now you can even stalk and rape a woman all in the name of “fun.” What has the world come to? 

Enter RapeLay – a new Japanese video game whose main premise is raping women.  The game centers around the player seeking revenge for getting arrested after an unsuccessful molesting attempt. The goal is clear: rape the woman who led to your arrest and rape her mother and sister for added points and entertainment.

As the purpose of the game is to rape the task becomes a highly interactive conquest where the player takes the reins. With the simple move of a cursor he/she can decide where the assault should take place, what body parts should be fondled, and which positions are ideal for the rape. Step-by-step the player is literally able to piece together how they’d like the assault to occur and then create the scenario right before their very eyes.

If that weren’t reprehensible enough the game also allows you to rape a girl with five other friends or make a movie of the rape to document the conquest. You also have the option of impregnating one of the victims and bullying her into having an abortion or taking pictures of the women’s brutalized bodies before moving on to the next victim.

After you’ve raped all the women in the game it’s still not over. The player can then turn his victims into his sex slaves as one reviewer describes by, “having such incredible sex with the lasses that they will change from resistant victims to docile participants to willing partners.” The notion that women can go from being “resistant victims” to “willing partners” leaves players with the notion that if you rape a woman enough she will eventually comply voluntarily. If rape is about power, as we all know it is, what will a rapist do when his ability to force a woman to do something against her will is taken away?

The extent of this player’s review is startling. While he maintains that he does not condone rape, he argues that the game instead serves to fulfill a fantasy for both male and female players alike (“… I do believe it is a common fantasy for women to be raped.”). He also argues that the game’s intent is to arouse its players, (not do harm) one aspect of the game that he does equate with the “real life evil deed.” But let me ask you, if men are so aroused by simply playing the game what’s going to stop them from seeking this arousal in real life? Wouldn’t the high be greater?  If rape is about power wouldn’t men feel more powerful by trying out the game on a bigger playing field – say the streets of New York?

The fact that such a game exists is appalling on so many levels. To say that RapeLay trivializes rape is an understatement. By creating a platform solely dedicated to acting out different scenarios of raping a woman for entertainment value not only actively condones rape, but perpetuates and exacerbates the culture of rape that we live in today (At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime).

Rape is not a game and it should not be treated as such! It is a henious violation of a person’s rights and body that has a lasting impact on their entire life!

Even more disturbing is the fact that this game was being sold on Amazon.com until it received complaints from Belfast Telegram. Melissa McEwan from Shakesville also found that Amazon lists another 1106 “rape” related products in their database.

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has joined with the New York Alliance Against Sexual Assault to call for the banning of the game in the state. This may be difficult considering the impossible policing of the internet (I was easily able to find the game after a few google clicks), but doing nothing is not an option.

Imagine how much more gruesome the game could get if we don’t react (with outrage!) right now. It will take years to determine the extent of the damage RapeLay could have on players psyches and the aftermath that could follow in society (RapeLay copycat rapes, serial RapeLay rapists? Greater acceptance of rape in general?). Do you want to wait and find out?

I didn’t think so.

Take action now by sending a letter to the company responsible for the video game RapeLay. Sign the petition letter asking Illusion Software to stop producing sexually violent games!

75 comments

colleen prinssen
colleen p8 years ago

(my comment got eaten? I post again!)

there are loads of Hentai games in Japan. some are men on women, and some are men on men. I think one has a "bad ending" where a guy gets 'raped" by a DOG. ahhh good justice, all fairness.

yes is wrong to make game? But I see some chicks on the internet, and site like deviantart. some of these are 14 year old users, who wish to be raped by the bad guys from videogames. by bad guys I mean , fantasy bad guys. There are people who want to raped by Voldermorts and such.

should we make them a game where evil sorcerers can rape them?

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colleen prinssen
colleen p8 years ago

there are loads of Hentai games in Japan. some are men on women, and some are men on men. I think one has a "bad ending" where a guy gets 'raped" by a DOG. ahhh good justice, all fairness.

yes is wrong to make game? But I see some chicks on the internet, and site like deviantart. some of these are 14 year old users, who wish to be raped by the bad guys from videogames. by bad guys I mean , fantasy bad guys. There are people who want to raped by Voldermorts and such.

should we make them a game where evil sorcerers can rape them?

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Ronald T.
Ronald T10 years ago

Pakistani pre-teen refused to renounce faith during assault


A 12-year-old Christian girl was abducted and gang raped by 16 Muslim men in Pakistan.

The alleged offence occurred at Rawlpindi, bordering Pakistans capital city of Islamabad and the head quarters of Musharraf's Pakistan Army.

According to a news release from the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA), Sara Tabasum escaped two weeks later while she was being transported to a new location. APMA reported Tabasum managed to jump out of the vehicle and escape while it was on a busy road. Although the youngster was pursued, she still managed to reach her family.

In the last week of June, APMA reported, according to Tabasum and her family members, Perveen Bibi, a Muslim woman and her husband Babar, rented an apartment next to Tabasums house. Both families shared a single bathroom and main entrance door, APMA said.

It soon became evident to Tabasums family, APMA reported, by the amount of strangers coming and going that their new neighbors owned a brothel.

Tabasums mother and other neighbors complained to the owner of the apartment complex about the activities reportedly being carried on by their new neighbors. As a result, APMA reported, Bibi and her husband were ordered to immediately vacate the apartment. When Bibi found out that Tabasums mother had complained, she warned her that here would be consequences for her actions.

Bibi and her husband, APMA reported, moved their business to another area

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Alvaro Hurtado
Alvaro Hurtado10 years ago

You're wasting your time unless you also want to ban, among other things, Grand Theft Auto.

I have no desire to murder any law enforcement officials in real life yet I enjoy doing this in a virtual 3-D fictional environment like GTA's.

This is really no different, unless you want to apply double standards.

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She R.
She R.10 years ago

International Human Rights organisation Equality Now has launched a campaign to highlight RapeLay and similar games produced and sold in Japan: http://www.equalitynow.org/english/actions/action_3301_en.html

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Ronald T.
Ronald T10 years ago

Kat, rape is NEVER to be taken lightly. NEVER. Even between husbands and wives or between gays or religions. It should NEVER be a punishment...for when it is it is usually and excuse.

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Kat H.
Kat H10 years ago

I think this game is taking the piss out of the girls who have been raped. Rape is not something to be taken lightly. Im sure that the people who created this sick game are not right in the head.

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Ronald T.
Ronald T10 years ago

The game is offensive...and thus I don't want it available. Rape is offensive and very damaging to humans...I want it punished to the fullest. If some parents and people need warning, it is fine with me.

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jim h.
James h10 years ago

Hi Anastasia. I have no issue with this trash being reported on. My issue was/is that the article is incomplete and gives a false impression that this game is mainstream. The author had to know the issue of availability to children would be raised. Age verification or other identity requirements needed to buy and download it were left out. This appears to be a PC only game, another point the author ignores. Every parent should have his/her children's computers set up with individual user accounts. These have restricted privileges so programs could not be installed via a download or a disc without the approval of the Computer Administrator, the parent. The Administrator Account requires a user ID and password. Windows operating systems since Windows 98 have Parental Controls which restrict access to inappropriate web sites. Norton Internet Security software has this, too. Parental Controls are easy to set up and use, but many parents don't bother. Your comment about not wanting to find a copy in your kid's room is telling. If you're not using these tools, please learn about them. This trash writing sensationalizes an important issue but does nothing beyond that. The trouble with this kind of garbage is that if you look at it in any depth, there is nothing there. Someone sells a game about rape. That's sick. But this says nothing beyond that. It doesn't inform, it doesn't substantiate, it doesn't educate. It is intentionally incomplete and a sham. That's not news, it's gossip.

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Kellie Noffsinger
Kellie N10 years ago

I have no clue how my comment from the veggie garden blog got on here. please disregard the comment about the empty lots.

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