'Toothed' condom hits rapists where it hurts
South African assault victims bite back
NSFW A South African doctor unveiled an anti-rape device designed to hit assailants where it hurts - the Rape-aXe biting condom.
As a 20-year-old medical researcher, Dr Sonnet Ehlers (pictured with the Rape-aXe) met a rape victim who told her: "If only I had teeth down down there." Ehlers explained to CNN: "I promised her I'd do something to help people like her one day."
The result is "a device which latches itself to the skin of the attacker, causing immense discomfort, allowing the victim to escape".
The Rape-aXe blurb continues: "The attacker is 'branded' a rapist! Since the attacker will need medical assistance, there is no escaping arrest since medical staff will alert the authorities."
Ehlers elaborated: "It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it's on. If he tries to remove it, it will clasp even tighter... however, it doesn't break the skin, and there's no danger of fluid exposure."
Thirty thousand Rape-aXe condoms are been handed out free in South African cities hosting World Cup matches, and once the trial period ends, they'll be available for $1.50 each.
Ehlers said: "The ideal situation would be for a woman to wear this when she's going out on some kind of blind date ... or to an area she's not comfortable with."
However, the Rape-aXe has attracted some criticism, the Daily Mail notes. Victoria Kajja, of Uganda's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insisted: "The fears surrounding the victim, the act of wearing the condom in anticipation of being assaulted all represent enslavement that no woman should be subjected to."
Ehlers, though, is determined that the condom will help tackle South Africa's serious rape problem. A 2009 report by the country's Medical Research Council found "that 28 per cent of men surveyed had raped a woman or girl, with one in 20 saying they had raped in the past year".
Ehlers said that some women "take drastic measures to prevent rape", including "inserting razor blades in their private parts".
She concluded: "I believe something's got to be done ... and this will make some men rethink before they assault a woman." ®
"How about encouraging men to comprehend that women are humans, not animals or material possessions, and they shouldn't be treated or thought of as the latter in any form of civilised society"
Strangely, most of us "potential rapists" are already aware that women have been acknowledged to be in the Human race, thank you very much. The problem is with the people who are NOT civilised members of this society.
These things are a disaster waiting to happen, and to advertise them as a "rape prevention device" is a bald-faced lie. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this "device" only does its thing when the actual rape is well and truly under way. I daresay that the experience is traumatic for the victim long before that, especially when rapists learn to check the victim for potentially harmful devices. Any "rape prevention measures" should start functioning before the would-be assailant separates his intended victim from the herd.
Which means, simply, that we need to look after each other. Yeah too bloody hard, I know.
She concluded: "I believe something's got to be done ... and this will make some men rethink before they assault a woman."
Yes, it will make them think "I'd better stick in this broom handle first". Thanks for making the world a more violent place. But hey, if it gives you the warm fuzzy feeling that you've made a difference, even if that difference is a step backwards, then that's what's important, isn't it?
There's a small issue with this...
suddenly going out on the pull seems like an extremely bad idea.
I understand it's currently for use in area's with excessively high rape percentages (South Africa etc) but how long will it be before it goes worldwide.
I'm assuming of course that it's designed to be worn without too much discomfort to the woman, otherwise it's semi-pointless.
Constant discomfort to avoid a slight risk (in the lower risk areas) isn't something people will choose unless they've had it happen to them.
And once it does, how likely is it a woman will forget it's there after a night out on the pull..
The situations don't bare thinking about.
This device has a lot of problems but there are solutions...
@"If you can put enough FUD into the minds of rapists"
That won't work. The people who think about being a rapist would be the first people to learn to look to see if there is effectively a todger mini bear trap in there and so they will remove it before going in. After all they don't have empathy for their victim, so they don't care about the repercussions for her from removing it.
Plus lets not forget there are some women (a small but vocal minority) in the world who don't have empathy for their victims and they would be the kind of person who would use this sort of device vindictively against their soon to be ex-boyfriends.
This technology won't work. A far better solution is simply educating the whole population about human psychology (it would solve many social problems including providing everyone with some much needed protection through forewarning of being around potentially dangerous people). For example in regards to relationships, the key as always with spotting evil people is their lack of empathy where they will say and do whatever it takes to get their own way. (Who it has to be said are just a very vocal in your face minority of the population, where most people are not like them but this vocal minority often hold themselves up as false arrogant role models). But these kind of people do have warning signs about their overall behaviour which helps to avoid them.
One trick is to watch how they treat and speak about others, not how they speak to you, because (if they are intent on manipulation) you will be the focus of their manipulation games. A pervasive pattern of derogatory remakes about others is a good warning sign to pick-up on, because they often seek to belittle others and in time they are highly likely to treat you the same way (and in some cases, they are already doing that from day one, because its all part of their manipulation games). Another simple trick is to judge people not on their words to you, but on their actions. People can use endless excuses to cover up their unfairness, but their actions are simply fair or unfair and so very hard to justify away. So if you stop listening so much to the words and instead judge the actions its easier to see the truth of a situation. (Another warning sign is spotting that they are determined to be in control so they can control and manipulate other people around you using lies for their own gain. To them its always their ends justifies their means and they always make the mistake of thinking everyone is as ruthlessly manipulative as them).
These simple tricks are ultimately to find people who have true empathy toward you. Everyone can make mistakes from time to time but the evil people have a pervasive pattern of unfairness and the sooner you spot their arrogant contempt for people around them, the sooner you can get away from them. Confidence isn't in your face arrogance, but the arrogant people want you to believe it is, yet ironically these most arrogant people are that way because they are over compensating by covering up some very twisted self destructive ultimately fear driven thinking. They are a real angry mess under the surface but its all part of their act to cover that up, (and another warning sign is that they often cover up with drink and drug abuse) rather than truly wanting to seek professional help. Their lack of true empathy for other people is their Achilles heel, where they are instead so focused inwards onto their own needs that they fail to think about others. In the more extreme cases they refuse to see the harm they cause others, because to them its all about them. Its why they are labelled Narcissistic because of their arrogant self interest (and in more extreme cases even as far as Psychopathic). Its why we have to learn to avoid them and in doing so, they become more sidelined in society. Which is very important for us all, because these same arrogant control freaks are the same people who are determined to abuse everyone for their own gain by abusing ever better technology to extend their ability to abuse us all for their own gain.
Its why society has to wake up to how these people behave, so we can all learn to better protect ourselves (by avoiding them) and so also learn to better protect our society from these harmful people.