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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Anti-rape Device Gains Popularity Despite Criticisms: Rape-axe

Rape is a very serious offense and there are many women who have gone through the experience who say that it would have been better to die. In Kenya it is still a big joke in police stations especially if it is felt that a woman was not decently dressed. But mercifully it is not as bad as South Africa where the problem is so serious that it is not uncommon for businessmen to travel with male companions who act as "bodyguards."
Now a device (pictured above) invented by a South African doctor looks promising enough to stop rapists dead in their tracks literally. The inventor, Sonnet Ehlers, a South African woman was motivated to create it while working with the South African Blood Transfusion Service where she met many rape victims. She was inspired to create Rape-aXe (that's the name of her product) when a rape victim quipped; "If only I had teeth down there.

The device is a latex sheath embedded with shafts of sharp, inward-facing barbs that would be worn like a female condom. When an attacker attempts vaginal rape, his penis enters the latex sheath and is immediately snagged by the barbs, causing the attacker excruciating pain during withdrawal and giving the victim time to escape. The device remains attached to the attacker's body when he withdraws and can only be removed surgically the idea being to alert hospital staff and police. The device also prevents pregnancy and the transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted infections.

Sadly some Kenyan wives would be happy to get hold of such a device.
Read more details HERE.

Facts about rape

Sweden has the highest reported rapes in Europe and one of the highest in the world. A 2009 study showed that there were 46 incidents of rape per 100,000 residents. This is twice that of the UK which reports 23 cases, and four times that of the other Nordic countries, Germany and France.

But it is in eastern Congo where rape and other sexual violence is described as the worst in the world. There are about 200,000 surviving rape victims living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo today and a new study says more than 400,000 women are raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo every year. War rape in the country has frequently been described as a "weapon of war". In the Médecins Sans Frontières sexual violence clinic in the capital of Ituri, Bunia, between 2005 and 2006, 73% (95.2% of male victims) reported being raped by armed men. 74.5% experienced gang rape (89.3% of male and 73.9% of female victims). Attacks by between 2 to 4 perpetrators is the most common (58.9%) for both sexes. 48.6% of victims were attacked while doing daily domestic activities outside their homes.

In neighbouring Tanzania a survey done on 1004 women revealed that a massive 20% reported being raped at one time in their lives. BUT only 10% reported the event to police. In 92.4% of the events the rapist was known to the victim. Sadly the study also clearly showed that the socially closer the perpetrator, the less likely the crime would end up being reported.

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Anonymous said...

Is the device - gladiolus - invented by Sonnet Ehlers being prescribed more for the psychological benefit of hundreds of thousands of potential rape victims than for any preventive or physiological effect?

Anonymous said...

Rape is an absolutely diabolical vice that causes profound hurt, shame, betrayal and slow psychological death to its victims.

By the way, does our current generation recall the ancient device that was at one time known as the chastity belt?

The South African invention by Sonnet Ehlers may have been crafted with the same good intentions like those of the inventors of the chastity belt that ended up with deadly consequences for its bearers or wearers.

Seems as a reckless last ditch effort of selling snake oil to unsuspecting women who may fall victim to the evil and deadly disease of rape.

What prevents the rapists who are savagely violent persons, rabid animals to say the least, and clinically diabolical characters from ripping off the device, now that they have been warned in advance?

There are those among us who do not advocate for the South African version of rape prevention measure where lacing perpetrators of rape with flaming tires around their necks is the method of choice in places where the government and the civil society has failed to come to the aid of those affected.

However, a better and workable alternative of rape prevention on the African continent as well as real procedures for investigating, tracking down, prosecuting and sentencing the rapists to a minimum of ten years - to life - must be put in place to safeguard children and women of all ages.

Anonymous said...

Will christen Ehlers' latest invention as the candiru - kiboko yao - and piranha. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

@7:34 PM

Don't forget males of all ages as well.

Anonymous said...

Normal people know that failure to deal with the profoundly relentless evil of rape allows it to spread, just as seeds of the noxious darnel - magugu - multiply and infest other fields.

Castration, mob justice, or the Soweto-Neck-Tie may sound harsh to our tolerant, enlightened ears, but these harsh and cruel methods are the ultimate alternative preventive measures - good news -, be it for the woman facing the threat of rape in their workplace, communities or those living in times and places of oppression, lawlessness, civil wars, political violence, inter-ethnic conflict, impunity, etc.

In a world where seeds of hatred, injustice, violence, simmering ethnic conflict and corruption are daily sown, many of us, from all walks of life, must affirm unequivocally that we, the people, will force our communities and governments by all means necessary to take charge of public safety.

Especially, the protection of children, women, the elderly and vulnerable males from conditions and circumstances that are likely to cause danger, risk, injury and worst of all rape.

Last but not least, time will tell whether the sheathing device is a panacea or placebo.

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