Reuters: South Africa anti-rape condom aims to stop attacks

Posted on: Fri, 09/02/2005 - 12:15 By: Tom Swiss

KLEINMOND, South Africa (Reuters) - 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.


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.

I dunno...might sound like a good idea at first blush, but if these became widespread I can see attackers engaging in various barbarous methods (I'd rather not describe the pictures in the my mind right now) to remove them before the rape. The best gaget to help prevent rape is probably still a handgun.