Gamer gets rape threats from teenagers

17:10 Nov 28 2014 Brisbane QLD, Australia

"Sometimes young boys on Facebook send me rape threats, so I've started telling their mothers," says Australian game reviewer.

Alanah Pearce, a 21-year-old Brisbane-based journalist and media student who reviews games for Triple J radio station, posted a tweet highlighting such an exchange with an unsuspecting mother. It's seen been retweeted over 35,000 times.

"A while ago, I realised that a lot of the people who send disgusting or overly sexual comments to me over the internet aren't adult males," Pearce told The Guardian. "It turns out that mostly they're young boys and the problem is they don't know any better, so responding to them rationally didn't resolve the situation. And it got to the point where their comments were starting to make me feel really uncomfortable."

"It's directly related [to Gamergate] and it's a weird thing that has been happening in gaming culture specifically," Pearce told The Guardian about the threats she's received. "I've had people asking me today why this boy has been sending me rape threats, and is there any context. I can only assume he's seen a video of mine that he didn't like, or that I'm a woman in games on the internet. It sounds illogical, but it happens to so many people."
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