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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