Direct-selling company Avon welcomed the Film and Publication Board’s (FPB) decision to block access to the controversial online game “Rape Day”, which promotes violence against women, reports North Eastern Tribune.
The decision follows a successful campaign by this 1000 Women Trust signee and widespread condemnation from many quarters of society. It was previously reported that there was a nationwide petition by 1000 Women Trust to ban the game being played in South Africa.
The FPB’s decision means the game cannot be played or downloaded in the country and takes a stance that rape is not a game while highlighting the seriousness of the issues of rape.
Tina Thiart, director of the 1000 Women Trust, said”: “We are touched by all the support we received. We believe that the next step in resolving this issue is to ensure that women are part of the committees that decide on internet content.”
Rape Day, a computer game set in a zombie apocalypse, was 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 last month following outrage from parents, advocacy groups and scores of others.