South African Doc Invents Anti-Rape Female Condoms
A South African doctor has started distributing a new type of female condom that she hopes will help protect women from rapists. Dr. Sonnet Ehlers has invented Rape-aXe, a female condom equipped with “teeth-like” hooks that attach to a man’s penis during penetration.
The condom is used like a regular tampon, but its effect on a man’s manhood can be devastating. “It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it’s on…If he tries to remove it, it will clasp even tighter,” said Ehlers, adding that only doctors can remove the condom.
Ehlers said she began looking for ways to help protect women from abuse almost 40 years ago, when, as a 20-year-old medical researcher, she came face to face with a rape victim. “She looked at me and said, ‘If only I had teeth down there.'”
Ehlers, who sold her house and car to finance the project, is giving away some 30,000 Rape-aXe for free during the month-long World Cup in South Africa as part of the condom’s trial. Rape-aXe will sell for $2 once the trial period is over, she said.