A petition to ban a graphic video game that glorifies sexual assault will be delivered to the country’s communications department on Monday, according to the 1000 Women Trust.
Rape Day – a computer game set in a zombie apocalypse – is set to launch in April. According to reports, the rape of women assists with “plot progression” while the player takes on the role of a serial rapist.
The game was pulled before its release by online video store Steam earlier this month following outrage from parents, advocacy groups and scores of others.
Said Tina Thiart of 1000 Women Trust via an e-mailed statement on Thursday: “There is no place for computer games that have rape, human trafficking or domestic violence as a theme in our country or any country in the world.”
“This is outrageous and we call on all women in South Africa to speak out and to join our movement to stop the launch and distribution of similar games in South Africa.”
Thiart said 1000 Women would mobilise women and men to boycott companies and the sale of games that exploited women and their bodies.
She said there were mixed reports on the good and bad of computer games, but the 1000 Women Trust believed that violent computer games affected children in general “very badly”.
“According to research by Anderson and Bushman 2001, children who played violent games had increased aggressive thoughts and behaviour.”
Women in South Africa should have a say in what games were being sold, what was available on the internet and how children were exposed to violence, said Thiart.
“Rape is not acceptable. We are all working hard to create a new culture of non violence – advocating to eradicate violence against women and girls – therefore this game should not be available in South Africa. We call on all mothers, daughters and men to stand together, unite and to join us to keep the game from our shelves,” Thiart said.
She appealed to the government to “do what it promised to do – say no to violence against women and girls and to ensure our children are not exposed to games similar to Rape Day”.
“We demand legislation that places a ban on the sale and distribution of games that involve rape, human trafficking and domestic violence,” said Thiart.
“We will support every call by organisations around the world to unite against games and platforms that promote rape, human trafficking and domestic violence! Any interested party can join: please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,” she said.
The petition is still open for 48 hours and can be accessed at: https://my.avon.co.za/standforher
– African News Agency (ANA)