The Anti-Rape Condom

September 1st, 2005 // 27 Comments

I honestly don’t know what to think of this. While a slightly disturbing, yet novel idea, I just don’t see this catching on. Seeing that you really have to be wearing it 24/7, I just don’t see it happening.

A South African inventor unveiled a new anti-rape female condom on Wednesday that hooks onto an attacker’s penis and aims to cut one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world. “Nothing has ever been done to help a woman so that she does not get raped and I thought it was high time,” Sonette Ehlers, 57, said of the “rapex”, a device worn like a tampon that has sparked controversy in a country used to daily reports of violent crime.

Ehlers said the “rapex” hooks onto the rapist’s skin, allowing the victim time to escape and helping to identify perpetrators. “He will obviously be too pre-occupied at this stage,” she told reporters in Kleinmond, a small holiday village about 100km (60 miles) east of Cape Town. “I promise you he is going to be too sore. He will go straight to hospital.”

The device, made of latex and held firm by shafts of sharp barbs, can only be removed from the man through surgery which will alert hospital staff, and ultimately, the police, she said.

AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases from the attacker by acting in the same way as a female condom.
South Africa has more people with HIV/AIDS than any other country, with one in nine of its 45 million population infected.
Ehlers, who showed off a prototype on Wednesday, said women had tried it for comfort and it had been tested on a plastic male model but not yet on a live man. Production was planned to start next year. But the “rapex” has raised fears amongst anti-rape activists that it could escalate violence against women. “If a victim is wearing such a device it may enrage the attacker further and possibly result in more harm being caused,” said Sam Waterhouse, advocacy co-ordinator for Rape Crisis.

South Africa anti-rape condom aims to stop attacks [Reuters]

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. Mel

    It will either help or increase homicide during rape due to the rapist getting paranoid that he can be ID’d easier.

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  3. zazz

    I’m all for it. Mark me down for 1 box.

  4. hi_evo

    Can you imagine? All one would have to do is stick a foreign object inside first to set it off…Next thing you know, someone will not only be raped, but killed because of some rapist becoming entangled in this penis flytrap…I can go on with the theoretical outcomes.

    Great idea, but needs to be further debugged before I completely sign on.

  5. doofus

    I’m not so sure it would increase violence against rape victims.

    most men think of their member as the most important organ of their body. they practically worship it, as is evident by the constant touching of it during the day. starts when they first discover it (mothers know what I mean…) and it never stops.

    I’d say that once the hooks are in, the rapist’s primary concern would be his pee-pee, and getting the hooks out of it. between the pain and the possible permanent damage, I’d think he wouldn’t even notice if the victim ran off.

  6. nane

    Believe me, he will be in to much pain to think of killing anyone. I watched a program on this and it seems very effective, though in reality who are going to where this device 24/24. My big worry is that it might get use in a lover’s tiff.

  7. maggie

    i think it’s not such a bad idea… the government could even use it as a sort of scare tactic. you know, pretend to ship it around the country, arrange to have a couple of well-documented, high-profile “incidents” involving that thing… then potential rapists will be aware of the possibility of getting their dick caught in barbed wire… they might not wanna risk it, no?

  8. Lala lady

    If it has the potential to ‘hook into’ the guy then isn’t there a chance something can go wrong and it will hook itself into the woman? How does a woman unhook herself from such a contraption if it goes awry? That’s just too distressing to think about. Not only am I hooked, now i can’t get laid. Eesh.

  9. j

    Are they available in different flavours?

  10. mnc

    lol…. LOL….

    that is the kookiest thing I have seen in a while

    they don’t even have to use it… merely the threat of it… tell them you have one sitting there waiting for Willie to come out and play…

    this is a crazy world that we are inspired by such dreadful acts to create things like this

  11. ma

    I can’t really see people wearing that contraption on a day to day basis but I guess if you are worried about rape daily, then it would probably be a good thing to wear maybe just on your way home at night. Also, what someone said above is true, if rapists are worried that women might start wearing those, then they might be less likely to rape.

  12. Uhm, Yeah

    It’s great, I’m all for it. Men are pigs.

  13. denise

    this is meant for women in Africa, where rapes are very common. not for your average sorority girl to protect herself from drunk frat-asses.

    still, i bet when the rapist gets the hooks out, he’d be killing mad. some African men already think it is their right to rape, surely they’ll see penile mutulation as a cause for killing.

  14. I never thought I’d ask this question, but what about ass-rape?

  15. j

    I’ll pass, Lindsay, but thanks for asking!

  16. My question is: “Is there any way to ensure that it won’t ‘backfire’ and hurt the woman wearing it?”

    I mean, think about it; if it is made to “hook onto the skin,” couldn’t it also hook onto the woman’s skin (inside her vagina) while she’s wearing it? Or even when she is trying to insert it into herself?

    Great concept, but needs to be explored further.

  17. Crystal

    Why not just put tasers in your vag?

  18. natalie

    or carry a lightsaber

  19. Jill

    Considering the high amount of rapes in certain countries like South Africa, I’m all for it. Of course the guys are gonna boo-hoo and b*tch and groan about how the women are gonna be shot, but these peons can’t even get hit in the nutsacks with a football without crying like a baby. So yeah, the poor lil’ perverts will be pretty distracted with the pain :) No sympathy here!

  20. HOmade

    Often times a man will sodomise a rape victim. Shall we wear one in out ass as well now?

  21. Rita

    In theory, it’s a good idea…still has some bugs to be worked out, though.

  22. tracy

    while I think the intent is a great one — ultimately I think it’s a horrible idea.
    1. Men might check prior to raping the poor girl — and then beat her senseless (and then rape her).
    2. Women (unfortunately) could use it as “revenge”. Let’s face it, if it becomes available in Africa, I’m sure other countries will get their hands on it.
    3. What happens if it “malfunctions” inside the woman? Yikes…. just a thought

  23. :S

    how would that actually work, wouldnt the attacker be holding u down how would u get it on?? this isnt gonna do anything

  24. sara

    I don’t see how it could malfunction and barb the woman. From the picture, it looks like rows of saw teeth inside the latex, the only thing that could get punctured by them would be somthing stuck INSIDE the condom.

    I agree with Tracey though, if this is being highly advertised then it seems like the rapist would just force something else inside the woman before he risked his dick. He’s raping her anyway after all, why would he be above shoving something inside her? And I bet any woman caught wearing the device this way would pay a high price. Better probably to arm the women and declare open season on rapist pigs.

  25. YellowSubmarine

    Oh man, Im glad we’re thinking about this issue, thats really cool but gz! I cant even think about it without pressing my legs together, ouuuucchhh! Like u guys said, what if it backfired??

  26. brian alvarez

    i dont know how exactly it works, but dont u remember people saying indulge in foreplay before dear rapist its so easy, finger the gal first and then make a move, so you be sure than be sorry! that leaves you with just few cuts on your fingers dude! bravo!

  27. Harry

    I think now all the rapist will check the girls vigina before raping!

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