Update on the Second Life story

November 1, 2007

In a follow up to my previous post, Sky News/Channel 5 reporter Jason Farrell today reports that the Wonderland region  has now been closed down by Second Life owners Linden Labs. This is the area where he had uncovered evidence of child rape and abuse being carried out by virtual paedophiles. It was almost certainly a place where potential real-life child abusers could meet, get their kicks and share their fantasies. He returned to the park where the acts took place and found it has been removed. The police have also launched an investigation. This is great news.

Mr Farrell goes on to report that there are other aspects to his investigation and more will be revealed over the next few days. His video report includes images you may find upsetting.

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Undercover investigation into child sexual abuse in Second Life

October 30, 2007

Channel 5 and Sky News journalist Jason Farrell reports today on an investigation he has carried out into Second Life and the proliferation of child sexual abuse and rape in this virtual world. This article includes an online video report with footage from Second Life – the full report will be shown on Five News at 5.30pm and 7pm tonight.

The article also links to another Sky News story about the launch today of a new DVD – Matters2Me. It incorporates real examples of child abuse into an imaginary cartoon world in order to address this issue and inform children.

It is more important than ever now that the White Ribbon Campaign has a presence in Second Life and fights against these representations of rape and sexual violence. Our feminist friends are helping to build a space for us there – you can use this SLurl to go directly to the White Ribbon area in Second Life. To join the group, log in to Second Life, search for “White Ribbon” under “Groups” and sign up! Thanks for your support.


Screen Debate at Glasgow Film Theatre, 26th September 2007

September 12, 2007

The Women’s Support Project, in conjunction with Glasgow Film Theatre, presents this popular annual event to mark September as ‘Month of Action’ to raise awareness about child sexual abuse.

This year’s event will screen the film ‘Mysterious Skin’.
‘…”The summer I was eight years old, five hours disappeared from my life. Five hours, lost, gone without a trace…”

These are the words of Brian Lackey (Brady Corbet), a troubled 18 year old, growing up in the stiffingly small town of Hutchinson, Kansas. Plagued by nightmares, Brian believes that he may have been the victim of an alien abduction. Local Neil McCormick (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) however, is the ultimate beautiful outsider. Neil is wise beyond his years and curious about his developing sexuality, having found what he perceived to be love from his Little League baseball coach at a very early age. Now, ten years later, Neil is a teenage hustler, nonchalant about the dangerous path his life is taking. Neil’s pursuit of love leads him to New York City, while Brian’s voyage of self discovery leads him to Neil – who helps him to unlock the dark secrets of their past. Based on the acclaimed novel by Scott Heim, ‘Mysterious Skin’ explores the hearts and minds of two very different boys who come to find the key to their future happiness lies in the exorcism of their collective demons.’

PLEASE NOTE THIS FILM IS CERTIFICATE 18.
Following the screening there will be an audience/panel discussion.

Glasgow Film Theatre, Cinema 2
Wednesday, 26th September 2007, 5.45pm – 8.30pm
Sign Language Interpreter. Wheelchair Accessible

Tickets available from Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, 0141 332 8128. Tickets, £4 / £3
Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment!