While South Africa celebrates the World Cup, the nation is still plagued by increasing rape rates. A 2009 report by South Africa’s Medical Research Council revealed 28 percent of men raped a grown woman or girl, with one in 20 stating they raped a female in the past year, according to the Human Rights Watch.

CNN reports Dr. Sonnet Ehlers, a South African doctor developed “Rape-aXe,” a female condom with ‘teeth.”

The jagged rows of teeth-like hooks line the inside of the latex condom and will attach on a man’s penis during penetration.

Dr. Ehlers, a medical researcher says the condom is inserted into a woman like a tampon and will trap to a rapist’s gentiles until authorities come to detain the man–the device has to be removed by a physician. Ehlers says the condom hurts the rapist, he cannot walk or urinate and if he tries to move, the device will clasp tigher.

Ehlers consulted with engineers, gynecologists and psychologists to help make the design and to be sure it’s safe. She even visited prisons to interview convicted rapists asking them if the device would make them rethink raping women again.

The doctor plans to distribute 30,000 free devices to women during the World Cup festivities. After the trail period, the condoms will be available for $2–7 ZAR in the South African Rand.

“Rape-aXe” already has a slew of critics.

Victoria Kajja, a fellow for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Uganda tells CNN, “The fears surrounding the victim, the act of wearing the condom in anticipation of being assaulted all represent enslavement that no woman should be subjected to.” Kajja says “Rape-aXe” constantly reminds the victim of their vulnerability.

Other medical insiders unsure about the effects of the device claims it opens the victim up for more violence. The perpetrator could begin to further abuse the woman with physical violence, like hitting her to loose himself of the condom’s hold.

Some critics even call Dr. Ehlers’ device medieval. To that she states, “Yes, my device may be a medieval, but it’s for a medieval deed that has been around for decades. She tells CNN, “I believe something’s got to be done…and this will make some men rethink before they assault a woman.”

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What do you think about “Rape-aXe?” Do you think it could be effective or dangerous?

47 Comments

  1. I’m from Nigeria and the rape toll isn’t as much as south africa but this device being inserted in a woman all day long would have adverse effects on the body if its supposedly made of latex, and men are also knowledgeable so they could beat the woman till she removes it before raping her. But this condom is the first of its kind and I applaud u Dr. Ehlers, great work of humanitarian service!

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  2. How sad that it has gotten so bad that somthing like this has to be invented. I have a question tho, so once the condom attaches to the man, and surely he will jump up, is it removed from the female? I would hope so, b/c if not that situation could lead from rape to murder.

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  3. Snickerz

    I agree with Lo’rann This is kind of pointless…….rape victims do not know that they are going to be assaulted that day at that time, so are you supposed to constantly walk around with this thing in your cooch? I mean, how often is a rapist going to let you go and get some protection? I mean, its a good idea and everything but i personally don’t feel like it will do much because normally, a woman wouldn’t know that they are being raped, so you should walk around assuming you will be raped? Thats a sucky life to live….

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    • Lakes

      For the most part, I think this condom thing is for places like South Africa where they lead the entire world in rape cases. Someone here already mentioned that some of these women are already putting razors in foams in their cooch. This condom with teeth might not be practical here in north america but in south africa, it sure seems like it’s need. An attempt to change the tide of rape over there.

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  4. soyer

    This is by far the most brilliant invention in centuries. We need to stop sympathizing with these perverted animals that rape women. By the way I’m not a woman I’m all man and I find rape disgusting. These puke rapists should feel very lucky that they are not being hung in the streets after raping a woman. This doctor should receive the nobel prize.

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  5. I saw this anti rape condom on a blog about two or three weeks ago.

    Well, this is a good concept and everything, but I am confused. At what point would a woman who is about to be raped or getting raped put this on a rapist?

    Maybe I just don’t have enough imagination.

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