What solutions to protect yourself from sexual assaults?

Sexual assault in the metaverse is now on the table. Some women report the traumatic experiences they had on this platform. Meta does not stand by in the face of these events. Proof, the platform offers Personal Boundary as a way to avoid sexual harassment.

These women who are victims of sexual harassment in the metaverse

The metaverse allows you to live in a parallel world. It is a futuristic concept that allows you to create virtual reality and disconnect from reality. By entering this world, each user can interact with other people. Specifically, it is possible to play, work, chat, meet new people and even have a coffee with other avatars. Even though it is a virtual world, the interactions in this immersive world are very real.

When we talk about a virtual world like the metaverse, we tend to think that all the events that happen there are not real. Sexual harassment on an avatar is often seen as something that isn’t real. This is where we are seriously wrong, because even if the harassment happens through a screen, it still has very real consequences for the victims. Victims of (even virtual) sexual assaults can experience fear, frustration and panic.

The effects of real or virtual sexual harassment or assault are similar, especially psychologically. This is what Nina Jane Patel, a beta tester of the metaverse, tells us. She this woman tells of being verbally and sexually harassed by men within the metaverse. She says she really felt like she was experiencing the situation as if she were in real life.

However, the protections people have against virtual sexual harassment and true sexual harassment are far from the same. While the law is clear on penalties for perpetrators of true sexual assaults, it remains vague (even non-existent) on virtual sexual harassment. Indeed, it is the terms of use and service agreements that so far protect the user in the virtual world.

Virtual sexual harassment and gang rape are no longer isolated cases on the Horizon Worlds platform. Users have been reporting virtual sexual assaults since launch. To address these issues, Meta has taken steps to protect users. From now on, you can use your personal limit or “personal limit” to protect yourself from sexual harassment.

When activated, the personal boundary allows avatars to keep their distance from each other. In practice, if an avatar tries to enter the personal space of another, his movements will be interrupted when he reaches the limit. No unwanted interaction will be possible, because with this function a distance of one meter separates the avatar from another.


The Personal Boundary Boundary System isn’t all that new. It’s a kind of functionality enhancement that makes one avatar’s hands disappear if it enters another’s personal space. To protect themselves, however, users must activate it in time. Otherwise, Personal Boundary will be useless.

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Emilio Stantina

Interested in investing and financial markets after a business school in Chambéry, the passion for cryptocurrencies was evident. The blockchain is certainly the universal tool of tomorrow.

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