A new set of virtual reality films are being shown in Warwickshire to give young males the chance to see how their behaviour and actions impact on women. The VR films are a joint project between the County Council and Warwickshire Police as part of the Safe In Warwickshire partnership.
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 last night at the Spa centre in Leamington.
Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety at Warwickshire County Council, 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.
Sergeant 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. As well as considering how their behaviour might impact on women we also want the viewer to consider how it might impact their own life. Many of the examples in the film cross the line into criminal behaviour and if someone were to be convicted of a criminal offence, especially one of a sexual nature, this will impact on the rest of their lives. It could prevent you from going to university, getting certain jobs and travelling to certain countries.”
Catherine Allen, the VR films’ director and one of the UK’s leading voices in the virtual reality sector 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.”