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Anti Rape Condom?

February 28, 2013 in Gender Violence, South Africa

Doctor Designs Condom With

‘Teeth’ to Catch Rapists


Redi is discussing this condom on Cape Talk. Callers are divided on the matter. Some say that it is medieval. One man says that for the first time thee is a message directed at rapists. Another thinks that men will find other ways to assault and rape the woman such as using foreign objects and still another thinks that because rape is a crime of violence and power, that the rapists will hurt and even kill the woman should he discover that she is wearing this condom.

There has been a lot of references to the chastity belt of old, viewing this condom as a modern version of it.

Hmm … and when do women actually wear the anti rape condom? Every day, all day, when she goes out or drive alone at night? Most rapes happens at home or close to home. Most rapes are by known persons- family, friends or neighbours.

Does this anti rape condom place the responsibility on women to catch the rapist? It also only does its job once the women is penetrated. It does not prevent rape although it is argued that it might deter rapists once they become aware that women might be wearing it.

Would he notice the presence of the condom and demand that the woman should remove it?

Would he seriously make her pay for daring to wear something that would not only hurt him but that would need surgical removal and thus ensure his arrest?

What do you think?

A South African doctor who has treated more rape victims than she’d like to, has come up with an idea she hopes will deter men from sexually assaulting women.

A female condom with jagged “teeth” that grip a man’s penis is the latest device developed to catch rapists in South Africa, CNN reported Sunday. South African Dr. Sonnet Ehlers is distributing the condom — called Rape-aXe — for free during the World Cup, in a country with one of the worst rape rates in the world. The condom is inserted by women like a tampon and its jagged teeth-like hooks inside attach to a man’s penis during intercourse. Once it grabs hold, only a doctor can remove it. Ehlers hoped this will help authorities to catch offenders. “It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it’s on,” Ehlers said. “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.”

After the trial period they will be sold for US$2 each.

2 responses to Anti Rape Condom?

  1. What a non-sense!
    I wonder who’ll be the one stuck to it…

  2. It scares the living daylights out of me- Yes, it will hurt the guy but he is a person with violent intent to begin with and usually well informed of evasive measures and knows how to protect himself- he won’t suspect that maybe I am wearing one and take precautions, perhaps violent precautions?

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