In the war against rape, the score might soon be a little more even, thanks to South African Dr. Sonnet Ehlers.
Dr. Ehlers created Rape-aXe, a female condom that protects against STDs, such as HIV, as well as pregnancy, and can even be used to identify the attacker and aid in the apprehension of the perpetrator.
That's a mighty punch packed in one condom.
For rape victims, the Rape-aXe condom can offer some comfort that healing won't involve treating STDs or dealing with a pregnancy. Call it a tiny silver lining.
Rape-aXe is a latex sheath that contains razor-sharp barbs (don't worry -- the condom can't turn inside out). At penetration the barbs attach themselves to the penis, causing pain. If the rapist tries to remove the condom himself, the "teeth" will tighten. The device must be surgically removed, which can also result in the positive identification of the attacker and subsequent arrest. Rape-aXe will not cause permanent damage to the rapist, although he will have telltale scars on his member -- a constant reminder that no means no!
Rape-aXe is inserted in the vagina like a tampon, and thus can be used in situations that might be deemed dangerous. Rape-aXe was created in South Africa, which has one of the highest rape rates in the world, where just being a woman is dangerous. In the U.S., Rape-aXe could be inserted before a night of partying, before a blind date, or in any situation where you might feel vulnerable to rape or unwanted/aggressive male attention.
Currently, Rape-aXe condoms are being distributed in various South African cities where the World Cup soccer games are taking place. After the trial period, they'll be available for about $2 each.
If Rape-aXe was sold in the U.S., would you buy it?
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