Anti-rape female condom

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The anti-rape female condom (also known as anti-rape condom or by its intended brand name, Rapex) is an device invented by Sonette Ehlers, a south african woman, and intended to prevent rape by hooking onto the attacker's penis, thereby hurting and disabling the attacker.

The device itself is a latex sheath held firm by shafts of sharp, inward-facing microscopic barbs that would be worn by a woman in her vagina like a tampon. Should an attacker attempt vaginal rape on a woman wearing the device, the skin on the penis would, upon penetrating the latex sheath, be hooked by the barbs, causing the attacker pain and --ideally-- giving the victim time to escape.Image:Rapex2.jpg

The device would remain attached to the attacker's body and could be removed only surgically, which would alert hospital staff and police.

Also, by acting the same way as a regular female condom, the anti-rape female condom would reduce a woman's chances of being impregnated or becoming infected with HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases by the attacker.

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.



Critics, women included, have objected to Ehler's invention as "medieval" and "vengeful, horrible, and disgusting" [1] and oppose its future sale in drugstores as planned. Others fear that use of the device would enrage the attacker and further jeopardize the victim [2].


Possible background to the idea

The idea of a toothed device to protect women from rape is rooted in ancient myth (see Vagina dentata) and had already been explored in fiction (e.g., in Snow Crash, a novel by Neal Stephenson)[3] prior to Ehler's invention.

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