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5th Jul, 2022

New virtual reality films gives insight into impact of misogyny

‘POWERFUL’ virtual reality films will give young men the chance to see how misogynistic behaviour and actions can affect women.

The VR films – a joint project between Warwickshire County Council (WCC) and Warwickshire Police as part of the Safe In Warwickshire partnership – will be shown at schools, colleges and universities in Warwickshire to young men aged 15 to 22.

They will hear first-hand examples of women’s experiences of misogynistic, and often criminal behaviour, and how this has impacted on their lives.

The immersive VR experience, which was created as part of the Safer Streets project funded by The Home Office, was launched at a special showing at Leamington’s Spa Centre.

Coun Andy Crump, spokesperson for the community at WCC said: “The VR experience has been developed as part of the Warwickshire Safer Streets project and is a great tool for highlighting real concerns of women living across Warwickshire.

“Emotive and compelling, the VR films offer a snapshot into the worries and concerns of women who experience misogyny on a daily basis.

“Warwickshire will not condone any form of harassment, violence, or anti-social behaviour.”

Sgt Paul Calver from Warwickshire Police said: “These VR videos are extremely powerful and should act as an eye opener for young males who might think their behaviour is just a bit of fun.”

Catherine Allen, the VR films’ director, said: “Virtual reality can be an incredibly powerful tool for creating positive social change, and right now, something that desperately needs to change in the UK is the levels of misogyny young women face on a daily basis.

“The films place the viewer into an authentic, real-life conversation between women in their 20s, who together discuss the long term impact that everyday misogyny has had on them.

“I hope that these VR films serve as a wake-up call and create long lasting change.”

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