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14 November 2006 @ 03:04 pm

Anti-rape female condom
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The anti-rape female condom (aka vaginal bear trap, brand name Rapex) was invented by Sonette Ehlers, a South African woman. It is intended to prevent rape by hooking onto an attacker's penis, hurting and disabling him.

The device is a latex tube fitted internally with shafts of sharp, inward-facing plastic barbs that could be worn by a woman in her vagina, similar to a tampon. Should an attacker attempt vaginal rape, the penis would be hooked by the barbs, causing the attacker pain and giving the victim time to escape. The condom would remain attached to the attacker's penis and, according to the device's creator, could be removed only surgically[citation needed], which would alert hospital staff and police that an attempted rape could have taken place. However, the fact that a man was injured by the device would not in and of itself mean he was a rapist, due to the possibility of abuse of the device (see criticism). Furthermore, the device's inventor believes that the very existence of the device in over-the-counter stores could also act as a deterrent by creating the possibility in a potential rapist's mind that victims might be using it.

According to Ehlers, the Rapex would also act as a female condom, reducing chances of impregnation or STD infection. However, there is no scientific research that supports her claim. Ehlers herself claim that the device prevents STDs because "there is no body fluid inside you from the rapist."[1]

The device was unveiled on August 31, 2005 in South Africa. Production will start later this year if severe criticism is overcome. The inventor hopes to have the product on the market in late 2006.

The device was unveiled on August 31, 2005 in South Africa, where the rape rate was extremely high as of that date, and production will start the following year if severe criticism is overcome. 

See More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-rape_female_condom

genocidetodaygenocidetoday on April 24th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link on this.

Whatever the risks associated, it's important to have options and choices available to people to protect themselves.