Anti-Rape Device | The Barbed Revenge

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-ChiefLast Modified: 15:23 PM EDT, 20 June 2010

South African inventor Sonette Ehlers, Photo by Johnny Sodenberg

SOUTH AFRICA -- Finally, there may be a modicum of justice for rape victims.  No longer will a woman have to prove that she did not ask to be raped because of her manner of dress, circumstances or any other arbitrary means of casting aspersions on the victim.

South African Dr. Sonnet Ehlers was on call one night four decades ago when a devastated rape victim walked in. Her eyes were lifeless; she was like a breathing corpse.

She looked at me and said, 'If only had teeth down there,' recalled Ehlers, who was a 20-year-old medical researcher at the time. "I promised her I'd do something to help people like her one day. Forty years later, Rape-aXe was born.

Ehlers is distributing the female condoms in the various South African cities where the World Cup soccer games are taking place.

The woman inserts the latex condom like a tampon. Jagged rows of teeth-like hooks line its inside and attach on a man's penis during penetration, Ehlers said.

Once it lodges, only a doctor can remove it -- a procedure Ehlers hopes will be done with authorities on standby to make an arrest.

'It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it's on,' she said. 'If he tries to remove it, it will clasp even tighter... however, it doesn't break the skin, and there's no danger of fluid exposure.'

Read entire article hereSource: CNN: South African doctor invents female condoms with 'teeth' to fight rape.  By Faith Karimi, CNN.

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