Fact: A woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped, than learning how to read.
The anti-rape condom being marketed as Rape-aXe was invented by South African, Dr. Sonnet Ehlers, after treating a woman one night who had been brutally raped and lamented to Ehlers, “If only I had teeth down there.” Thus initiated the idea of Rape-aXe, which is essentially a female condom that women can put into their vagina to deter potential rapists.
Unlike popular belief, this isn’t a 100% preventive tool, Rape-aXe doesn’t stop a rape from occurring. It simply means that once a man forces his penis into a woman’s vagina, who’s wearing Rape-aXe, “like a tampon,” then the retractable sharp blades embedded into the condom will latch onto the perpetrator’s penis, bite into him and won’t let go. The condom, once on a man’s penis, cannot be removed by anyone other than a doctor or professional. Dr. Ehlers’ hope in this feature was to provide indisputable proof that a man had, in fact, just raped a woman and thus had to walk straight into a hospital where he would hopefully, and probably, be arrested right away.
It sounds like the ultimate deterrent and/or revenge for rape. Since men cannot know who’s wearing one and who isn’t, it very well might prevent some men from even attempting to rape a woman simply because he knows there’s at least 1% chance or higher that she could have on Rape-aXe condom. In addition, with Rape-aXe being sold so cheaply, $2.00, then there is a very real possibility a woman could be packing one. Dr. Ehlers went so far in her research to interview already convicted rapists and asked them if they would have rethought their actions if they had known about Rape-aXe, and some said they would, though a small minority.
But there are some negative qualities, and not just for the men who might potentially rape a woman with Rape-aXe. Given that Rape-aXe cannot be removed unless taken to a medical professional, many critics have claimed that this could incite rapists to act even more violently, especially considering the power-control mentality that many rapists carry.
Others have criticized that it is a “medieval device” similar to the idea of a chastity belt, like journalist Lara Williams of The Guardian. While it can easily be debated that Rape-aXe and a chastity belt have very little in common, there are certainly legitimate worries about the effectiveness of Rape-aXe considering it had never been field-tested. Here is what Dr. Ehlers had to say about her product:
“The men are violent already, so I cannot make them more violent with Rape-aXe. And another thing is if they kill their victim, he will be in double trouble. Because he’s tagged, he cannot remove it, he’s got to go to a hospital, and then he’s identified.”
It’s not a pleasant view, and is a bit defeatist. “If they kill their victim, he will be in double trouble.” It is extremely unlikely that a rapist would be considering the consequences of his actions since he is committing a crime in the first place.
At a very minimum, Rape-aXe is laying the foundation for future endeavors with the intention of preventing rape; it still remains that the best measures to prevent rape are education and dialogue.
Note to the reader: The promotion and awareness of this product may be just as or more effective on a rapists mind than the product itself. To promote and show support for a cause important to the freedom & flourishing of a woman’s right to live in peace and not fear. …please ‘share’ this article to your network and encourage them to ‘share’ – Rapists need a regulator – the awareness of this product is one good answer.
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