An anti-rape female condom using a different design was invented by Sonette Ehlers, a South African woman. Ehlers was motivated to create it while working as a blood technician with the South African Blood Transfusion Service, during which time she met many rape victims. Ehler mentioned that she was inspired to create RAPEX (later renamed to Rape-axe) when a patient who had been raped stated, “If only I had teeth down there, suggesting the myth of the vagina dentata. Initially called RAPEX, the name was changed in 2006 upon discovering that RAPEX is also an EU warning system against dangerous goods on the market.
Anti-rape device: How it was invented
South African doctor Sonnet Ehlers first came up with the idea for an anti-rape device when she treated a rape victim who said she wished she had teeth down there.” So Ehlers invented Rape-axe—similar to a female condom, except lined with jagged teeth. An intruding penis can get inside just fine, but when it moves back outward, the teeth clamp on and rip into it, rendering the perpetrator incapacitated with pain. It’s like the vaginal version of “do not back up; severe tire damage.”
How it works
Rape-axe stays attached to the penis afterward, and only digs in tighter if the user attempts removal. You can’t pee with it on, so it must be removed by a doctor—thus identifying the rapist as such. I asked Ehlers if it really works, and she told me it had been tested with great results. “The guy was in excruciating pain and immobile,” she said.
“The ideal situation would be for a woman to wear this when she’s going out on some kind of blind date … or to an area she’s not comfortable with,” she said.
Is it available for buying
Ehlers said she sold her house and car to launch the project, and she planned to distribute 30,000 free devices under supervision during the World Cup period.
The product has not gone to market yet, but it’s been a source of controversy on the internet for years. Some have criticized Rape-aXe for its violent nature; others have accused the device of being “medieval.
” For her part, Ehler retorts on Rape-aXe’s website: “A medieval deed deserves a medieval consequence.”
Product similar to rape-axe
The Trap, Patented in 1993—basically an insertable rubber pocket with plastic spears arranged in a circle at the front. Like Rape-axe, it doesn’t prevent initial penetration, but on the first pump outward, the Trap’s sharp teeth pierce underneath the head of the penis and clamp on.
Killer tampon, A South African doctor named Jaap Haumann dreamed up a “killer tampon” a hard plastic cylinder containing a spring blade that would simply slice off the tip of any intruding penis.
Athena, It’s a piece of clip-on jewellery that “emits a loud alarm and sends text messages to loved ones with the wearer’s location” when the wearer presses a button in the event of an attack.
Are they a practical solution to a real-world problem
It’s a good question. What if a person had a disproportionate amount of physical power over another, and used it to harm someone else via a sexual encounter? That would simply be unacceptable. We’d have to do everything within our power to make sure that it doesn’t happen.