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Anti-rape condom ready for SA World Cup

Published on 13 April 2010 - 6:36pm
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A South African doctor wants to distribute 30,000 free anti-rape condoms for women ahead of the football World Cup. Dr Sonnet Ehlers first developed the special condom five years ago and says it is now ready for widespread use.

Listen to the Newsline interview with Sonnet Ehlers:

The Rape-aXe, as it is called, is a condom women can insert themselves. The interior has tiny spines which, in case of rape, attach to the man's penis.

Dr Ehlers emphasizes that they do not draw blood, since this would increase the danger of HIV infection. However, they do cause a great deal of pain if the man tries to remove the condom. The condom has to be removed in hospital, she says, which means the rapist can immediately be arrested.

Critics argue that the Rape-aXe could work as a provocation and the rapist is likely to become more violent when he realises he has been trapped.

The anti-rape condom is not yet available in the shops in South Africa and has not yet been tried out on test subjects.

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Elizabeth Punches 17 August 2013 - 4:36pm / United States

I think this is a GREAT idea and i think it should be available in every pharmacy and general store that already sells condoms, and just as easily purchased. Seriously, its about time. I hope this gets on the market soon. I will GIVE them away to other females. I swear it.

Ian 15 March 2011 - 4:39am / United States

well I've read some good comments and some bad ones but all in all I do think this a good idea, though I agree with the author when she says it may make the raper more violent knowing he's trapped but one way or another if you have to see a doctor to get it off,that persons going to jail anyway until they can get to the bottom of how the raper got it on...this is a good idea for all countrys with this rape problem! GREAT IDEA DOC! please put this into practice here in the United States not only would it help but think about it...What state offical wouldn't want to put that in affect proctecting our young lady and women...Nice thinking, we wish you would have thought of that 20 years ago!P.S I would not want to be one of the guys too test that product though!lol

Anonymous 10 June 2010 - 7:01am / Can

Hhahah too funny! Lets attack a predator, that thrives on control. In such a debilitating sexual manor that he has lost all control. The sheer mental anxiety will cause a much worst outcome for the victim. Maybe just grab on to it, yank, and try to run faster scared than he can mad. Physically it works, mentally your screwed either way.

If it does come to fruition, that these are distributed, they shouldn't remove the condom. They should castrate and cauterize and then bring on the imprisonment. You alter someones life how you see fit, then the law has the right to alter yours how they see fit. Eye for an eye justice.

Anony-mouse 15 April 2010 - 2:01pm / usa

Can we get these in "Catholic Child" sizes, too?

Anonymous 14 April 2010 - 11:42pm / Canada

So... If you're raped while wearing the anti-rape condom, aren't you still raped?

Yijiang Wang 14 April 2010 - 4:03pm / China/Canada

How about virginity armor?

Anonymous 14 April 2010 - 2:16pm

Agree with anonymous @ 1:50am. Thats a darn scary thought!

Anonymous 14 April 2010 - 8:56am / South Africa

'african male' that is a s stupid thing to say, and its also un-South African. I would be calling names, like douche & tosser (right up you alley)

First it was stabb proof vest, now this... you people make me sick. Like every other country does not have rape...
This is just another way to discredit and belittle Africa.

African male 14 April 2010 - 9:52am / south Africa

Check out the stats anonymous.. South Africa is the rape capital of the world. I would also like as many tourists to visit here as possible. But I feel that they have to be forewarned. It is also not un-South African to oppose rape. There is also no need to call me derogatory and offensive names. Your reply confirms your violent mentality!

African male 14 April 2010 - 4:43am / South Africa

So........they need to distribute "anti-rape" condoms before a sporting event????

This is World Cup Football???

I am a South African, tourists visiting here for the world cup have no idea of the " rape culture" that exists in this country. They will be prancing around in their revealing clothing and rapes WILL occur. I think these condoms are a great idea. Take heed ladies!

Anonymous 14 April 2010 - 3:36am / usa

the hospital is gonna be busy i'm afraid!!!

Anonymous 14 April 2010 - 12:50am

The a cool idea, except what if a pissed off girlfriend uses this on her boyfriend? Or if two women catch a guy cheating on them and to get even they use this? This has a lot of flaws

Anonymous 14 April 2010 - 2:18pm

Thats such a scary thought. Almost enough to put you off sex for life!

Anonymous 13 April 2010 - 11:47pm / U.S.

Unfortunately. the RapeAxe condom does NOT make you murder proof.

Michaeless 13 April 2010 - 8:19pm / USA

So........they need to distribute "anti-rape" condoms before a sporting event????

This is World Cup Football???

Anonymous 14 April 2010 - 12:20am


This. Is. SPARTA!!!

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