"Last month, two Belgian publications reported that the Brussels police have begun an investigation into a citizen's allegations of rape -- in Second Life."
No. This is not a joke. Some people are emotionally traumatized by what occurs in a digital realm. Even though they feel no physical effects, the act of being 'raped' (basically sexually harassed on the internet) hurts some. Apparently.
But can it really be considered a criminal offense? This seems absurd to me, but we'll have to wait and see what our judicial system decides, if this ever -- which it probably will -- become an issue here in the U.S.