By Faith Karimi,
CNN June 21, 2010

 South African Dr. Sonnet Ehlers was on call one night four decades ago when a devastated rape victim walked in. Her eyes were lifeless; she was like a breathing corpse.

“She looked at me and said, ‘If only I had teeth down there,’” recalled Ehlers, who was a 20-year-old medical researcher at the time. “I promised her I’d do something to help people like her one day.”

Forty years later, Rape-aXe was born.

Ehlers is distributing the female condoms in the various South African cities where the World Cup soccer games are taking place.

The woman inserts the latex condom like a tampon. Jagged rows of teeth-like hooks line its inside and attach on a man’s penis during penetration, Ehlers said.

Once it lodges, only a doctor can remove it — a procedure Ehlers hopes will be done with authorities on standby to make an arrest.

“It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it’s on,” she 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.”

Ehlers said she sold her house and car to launch the project, and she planned to distribute 30,000 free devices under supervision during the World Cup period.

“I consulted engineers, gynecologists and psychologists to help in the design and make sure it was safe,” she said.

After the trial period, they’ll be available for about $2 a piece. She hopes the women will report back to her.

Read entire article here.

To say I have mixed emotions about this would be an understatement of massive proportions.  Google the term Rape-aXe and read the comments generated by the different postings of this news. Absolutely no one can agree!

I would want to know more about how immobilizing an effect it has on the male. If, in fact, the man cannot walk, this would possibly give the female a chance to get away from her assailant prior to a violent response.

During a girls’ self-defense class in high school, we were told – if all else fails – to bite off the end of an assailant’s nose as he would then be focused on his own pain, creating an opening for escape.

Rape-aXe may prove to be a deterent to those men in Africa who (if rape was not already considered a normal act of sex) do not have violent tendencies themselves, but for the life of me I can’t see how this does not exacerbate aggressive behaviour on the part of men who have a predisposition towards violence in the first place. 

That said, I can think of a few instances in my own life where the wearing of this condom would have made me smile – just a little 🙂

To comment on this post, please scroll up to the title “Rape-aXe: Condoms With A Bite” and click on the word comments just beneath.  Thanks, OzMud

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