OK! I seem to have started a bit of a shit-storm. That wasn't my intent, but I'm not going to shy away from it either.(1) This deserved and deserves to be discussed widely. I'm glad it will be.
I want to briefly address four more tangents that are being used to attempt to throw the discussion off track.
First one: "The victim could have left at any time." This is Erotica 1 and his supporters saying that all the victim had to do to prevent what was being done to him was walk away. This one just makes me laugh every time I read it. Suuurrrrrre. You have a choice: continuing psychological torture, or give up every single item you own in game. The people supporting this torture only bring up the first part and never bring up that second part, I notice.
Second one: "This isn't torture! [Person or group that was tortured] wouldn't say it was torture!" A child psychologically tortured by an abusive parent would disagree. A wife psychologically tortured by an abusive husband would also disagree. I agree what is done here does not involve physical agony. But torture takes many forms and the psychological ones are just as destructive as the physical ones. Maybe more so.
Third one: "The victim threatened Erotica 1's mom!" Let's go ahead and put aside the concept of what is or is not justified in this situation and just address this complaint on its merits alone. The EVE TOS makes it quite clear that such RL threats are to be reported to local law enforcement (bullet 5). Did Erotica 1 do this? If not, I would question why he did not do so if he felt his family was being threatened. I'm quite sure the police would have been interested in the story.
Fourth one: "CCP needs to find a EULA/TOS violation if they want to justify banning Erotica 1." I assure you that this is not the case. It's convenient, certainly. But at the end of the day, the EULA clearly states that CCP owns Erotica 1's account and everything associated with it. CCP can close his accounts, seize all items associated with them, and simply refuse to take this man's money ever again. They have the right not to want this person as part of their community.
But yes, I think it would be nice if the TOS were modified to state that you can't hunt for victims in CCP's game and then take them out of the game to torture them.
(1) And to those that care to bring up the tired old "he only does it for hits" strawman, I invite you to point me to the advertising revenue I make off this blo-- owait.