I was horrified to learn about the disgusting computer game ‘Rape Day,’ which allows players to murder and rape female characters.

I raised this in the House of Commons this morning – while the Secretary of State speaks about new legislation to tackle abusive content on social media, games like Rape Day show that more needs to be done to ensure gaming platforms are also governed by stricter rules.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport failed to confirm that game platforms specifically will be covered by forthcoming laws. I will follow this up, as I believe we need to confront abusive discourse wherever it exists – on social media, in games or in the real world.

Thankfully Rape Day has been withdrawn by the distributors. But it is shocking that a misogynistic game like this was even considered by developers, let alone produced by teams of skilled programmers. Worse still, there is nothing in law to stop another company producing a similar ‘game’ in the future.Millions of women in the UK face sexual violence and abuse throughout their lives. Turning rape into a game risks making this situation worse. As we have seen from social media, abuse and hate online can often translate into abuse in the real world.
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