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    GOTCHA: South African inventor Sonette Ehlers has unveiled a new anti-rape female condom that hooks onto an attacker's penis with sharp barbs that mean it can only be removed by surgery.
    Reuters



    South African anti-rape condom aims to stop attacks
    02 September 2005

    KLEINMOND: A South African inventor has unveiled a new anti-rape female condom 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.

    Police statistics show more than 50,000 rapes are reported every year, while experts say the real figure could be four times that as they say most rapes of acquaintances or children are never reported.

    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 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.

    It also reduces the chances of a woman falling pregnant or contracting 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 yesterday, 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.

    Other critics say the condom is mediaeval and barbaric – an accusation Ehlers says should be directed rather at the act of rape.

    "This is not about vengeance ... but the deed, that is what I hate," she said.
    Norman Chad, syndicated columnist: “Sports radio, reflecting our sinking culture, spends entire days advising managers and coaches, berating managers and coaches, firing managers and coaches and searching the countryside for better middle relievers. If they just redirected their energy toward, say, crosswalk-signal maintenance, America would be 2 percent more livable.”

    "The best argument against democracy," someone (Churchill?) said, "is a five minute conversation with the average voter."

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    Image won't show. To view what this bad boy looks like, go to:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,...5a4560,00.html
    Norman Chad, syndicated columnist: “Sports radio, reflecting our sinking culture, spends entire days advising managers and coaches, berating managers and coaches, firing managers and coaches and searching the countryside for better middle relievers. If they just redirected their energy toward, say, crosswalk-signal maintenance, America would be 2 percent more livable.”

    "The best argument against democracy," someone (Churchill?) said, "is a five minute conversation with the average voter."

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    • #3
      I'm all for this.

      Rapists don't have rights.

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      • #4
        Other critics say the condom is mediaeval and barbaric

        You have got to be kidding me, RAPE is mediaeval and barbaric.
        Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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        • #5
          I sure would enjoy seeing an episode of Law and Order where some rapist gets his willy attacked by one of these gadgits ... sues his victim, and goes to court.

          I suppose I mostly want to see a well deserved "Exhibit A".
          Norman Chad, syndicated columnist: “Sports radio, reflecting our sinking culture, spends entire days advising managers and coaches, berating managers and coaches, firing managers and coaches and searching the countryside for better middle relievers. If they just redirected their energy toward, say, crosswalk-signal maintenance, America would be 2 percent more livable.”

          "The best argument against democracy," someone (Churchill?) said, "is a five minute conversation with the average voter."

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