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Sex offenders, aggressive abusers become victims in VR simulationYour boss ends a meeting by grabbing a colleague and asking her to "pack something fitting" for the party you're all planning after an out-of-town conference. It is one of a series of schemes using VR to explore social issues that are quite hard to teach the traditional way.Last month it launched its first courses, with staff at 12 companies donning VR headsets to join simulated meetings where they witness inappropriate comments or behavior – and work out how they might react.WALK IN MY SHOESIn Barcelona, Sanchez Vives has been using similar VR technology to help violent men see how it feels to be on the other end of their abuse, part of a pilot rehabilitation program run by the Catalan government.Under the scheme, first-time offenders are transposed into the body of a woman facing an aggressive partner, who hurls insults, smashes a phone then moves in uncomfortably close.The VR session improved offenders' ability to spot fear, she added.FACE FEAR – VIRTUALLYIn Canada, psychologists are helping victims of sexual violence get over their trauma by re-enacting the abuse via VR.
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