I’m afraid I’ll have to disagree with the points you made. Growing thicker skin isn’t the solution to this issue. This is a behavioral problem. Someone heard the player was a female, so they immediately decided to begin harassing her. This isn’t a new thing. I’ve been playing online games for a long time and have seen this or similar events play out.
Is chasing someone around and making motions like you are attempting to grab them sexually after repeatedly being told ‘stop’ not a way of taking power away from the victim? When does it become a problem for you? Perhaps if the player was a child, or related to you? The original article is calling attention to this and I feel it is a very good idea to have some basic tools in place to report and/or avoid aggressors like this entirely.
Naturally it would be preferable to have people not act like idiots, but giving people the means to protect themselves is not too much to ask. As has been mentioned, VR will only get more realistic as time goes on, and some people already have trouble understanding the difference between virtual reality and reality.
We aren’t saying this was specifically a criminal offence, we are saying that it is unacceptable behavior. As a man, when I play a shooter I expect to be shot at. I don’t expect to have someone sexually harass me. Why should women expect it, or ‘get over it’? That doesn’t seem very fair to me.