Did you know that there is an anti-rape condom? Probably not for most. But, there is! The anti-rape female condom, known as RapeX, debuted on August 31, 2005 in South Africa. Mass production of the condom was scheduled for April 2007.
The female condom is designed to cause pain to the attacker/rapist, and is worn by the female. The latex sheath(cover) is embedded with shafts of sharp inward facing barbs, which is to be worn as a tampon in the vagina. When an attacker/rapist enters his penis into a woman’s vagina, his penis would be snagged by the barbs from the latex sheath. This will give the attacker pain and possibly give the victim time to escape. The condom would remain on the attackers penis after withdrawal, and the condom can only be removed surgically. This would notify hospital staff and police, aiding in the identification and prosecution of rapists. The condom also prevents pregnancy and the transmission of HIV and STD’s.
The inventor, Sonette Ehler, a South African woman, developed the anti-rape female condom after being movitated by hearing a young victim say to her, “If only I had teeth down there!”. Ehler was a blood technician with SABTS (South African Blood Transfusion Service) at the time.
Critics have objected to Ehlers’ invention as “vengeful, horrible, and disgusting” and oppose its planned sale in drugstores.
It is like we are going back to the days where women were forced to wear chastity belts. It is a terrifying thought that women are being made to adapt to rape by wearing these devices … Women would have to wear this every minute of their lives on the off-chance that they would be raped.
— Lisa Vetten (Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa)
This is a medieval instrument, based on male-hating notions and fundamentally misunderstands the nature of rape and violence against women in this society.
— Charlene Smith
Ehler responded to criticism in the FAQ section of her website: “As with everything in life there will be negative attitudes and I can’t be responsible for people who refuse to educate men and feel the device is medieval,” and responds by calling the Rape-aXe “a medieval device for a medieval deed.”
Other critics fear that use of the device could possibly enrage an attacker and further jeopardize the victim. Ehlers responded:
“Sadly, many women have been killed over time, as nobody can guarantee the outcome of any rape. However, the huge plus-factor is that the discomfort and pain is such that the rapist would be disabled temporarily, giving you time to get away and get help.”
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“Anti-rape device.” Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. 2008. Wikipedia. 4 July 2008. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki.Anti-rape_female_condom
RapeX Anti-Rape Condom Official Website http://www.rapestop.net/
Photo: RapeX Anti-Rape Condom. 4 July 2008 http://www.rapestop.net/gallery/folderview.asp?folder=Anti-Rape+Condom+in+open+position