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It's a combination of some of the communities being like virtual frat houses, a taste of fame getting to their heads, and a lot of overlap with anime fandom, a medium (or submedium depending on how you look at it) in which teenaged characters are heavily sexualized.

Put all these together, and there will be people who feel empowered to act on their base impulses on whoever they want regardless of how the target feels about it.

I hope these incidents serve as a lesson, that such behavior is NOT acceptable no matter what, and that these communities emerge out of this with subcultures more respectful of other people. Respecting other people's boundaries and treating others like you'd want to be treated are how you behave maturely.

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