A South African doctor is giving away 30,000 free “anti-rape” condoms for women in South Africa before the start of the World Cup soccer games.
The female condom, Rape-aXe, is covered by tiny hooks which, in case of rape, attach themselves to the attacker’s penis.
According to its creator, Dr. Sonnet Ehlers, the only way to remove the condom is in a hospital – where the man would be identified as a criminal.
Unlike previous prototypes, it would not cut the attacker’s skin, reducing the risk of HIV infection.
Dr Ehlers said she was inspired by a rape victim who told her, “If only I had teeth down there.”
She said the device is vital to help women in a country with one of the highest rates of rape in the world.
A survey by South Africa’s Medical Council found that 1 in 4 women in the country say they have been raped.
But Rape-aXe has also received fierce criticism.
Women rights’ activists said the device doesn’t actually prevent an attack and warned it can even provoke a more violent reaction from the attacker.
Others warned that some women might use it against innocent men.
“Women would have to wear this every minute of their lives on the off-chance that they would be raped,” said Lisa Vetten, from the South African Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.
Responding to criticism, the inventor said: “Regrettably, you are always at risk being killed by your assailant, Rape-aXe will buy you time to get away.”
Source: Metro, US