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Rape-aXe: The Anti-Rape Device

 
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August 31st, 2005 was a big day in South Africa. It was the day that Sonette Ehlers, a blood technician who worked for the South African Blood Transfusion Service, unveiled an innovative solution to the increasingly dangerous issue of rape in her country – Rape-aXe.

Rape-aXe is a hollow tube that is inserted into the female vagina in a manner similar to that of a tampon. The tube is open at the entrance to the vagina, and inside the tube are hooks set to release small barbs into a penis if entered. When an attacker reacts to the pain by pulling out, the device remains on his penis until it can be surgically removed. The entire object is covered with a latex shield (to view an see an explanatory video, go to http://www.antirape.co.za/intro.htm).

Mass production of Rape-aXe was scheduled for 2007. It has been met with resistance in South Africa, and there are currently several petitions for a government ban. This reveals the shocking truth that there are still people left on this Earth who believe that men's sexual health is more important than women's sexual health. If it's between a woman being raped or a man injuring his penis, the former is always preferable.

Ehlers’ intentions for the device are twofold; not only does it give women an opportunity to flee, but unmistakably catches rapists and prevents them from injuring other women in the future.

There is some concern that Rape-aXe would not be effective in the US or Europe if implemented on a widespread basis. This is due to the fact that most American and European rapes are perpetrated by a man the victim either knows or is currently in a relationship with. However, this critique does not take into account its value as a preventative measure, or the added security it may bring to a woman in a potentially dangerous situation.

In college, I knew of a transgender woman who had recently gone through the transition from male to female. I asked her at what point in that process she felt she had crossed the line into full womanhood. She answered, “The first time I was afraid to walk alone at night.”

It’s not surprising to me that most people in the US have never heard of Rape-aXe.

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Anonymous

wow. that is awesome. someone is actually looking out for us and actually doing something to try and keep us safe. maybe there is hope for women s safety to be taken more seriously.

June 24, 2010 - 10:31pm
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Anonymous

I agree with the anonymous above me. While I think that most women with use this sensibly, there's always the idiots out there who will use it to punish cheating spouses. And of course, there could be those who use this as a form of getting fake rape evidence.

I really dislike women who lie about rape, as it makes it harder for real victims like me to get justice...

June 23, 2010 - 3:49am
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Anonymous

i like the idea, but there will be some women who abuse it to hurt a cheating husband or boyfriend. That, of course, will be what makes this difficult to become mainstream.

April 3, 2010 - 5:03pm
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Anonymous

I think its a wonderful idea ... I do not understand the controversy especially for allowing availability in South Africa and other countries in which the statistics of a woman getting raped is astronomical. ( 1 in 4 South African men admit to rape!) (see article below)These are women AND children who have no voice.... today there are women who are raped are then stoned because they are no longer virgins. (see 2nd article)

http://www.mg.co.za/article/2009-06-18-quarter-of-men-in-south-africa-admit-rape

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1081214/Somali-girl-pleaded-mercy-Islamists-stoned-death-raped.html

Kabul - passed law that forbids women from refusing to have sex with their husbands and requires them to get a male relative's permission to leave the house.

http://www.feministing.com/archives/014847.html

...... unfortunately i could post hundreds of articles....

... I have posted this article on Facebook in hopes of educating a few....

March 25, 2010 - 3:09am

Rape aXe is a brilliant device. Not all men will oppose it. Most men hate rapists as they engender distrust in females. The rapist is only looking to dominate - he can always buy sex, so it isn't about being a hot blooded male. Its about being a vile attacker, who takes away a womans intimate area. I totaly agree that the rapist's injuries are way down the list. Its a shame it can't be modified to castrate them at the same time. Thanks, Paul.

March 10, 2010 - 2:19am
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