South Africa to Give Away Anti-Rape Condoms

Brian BrauseContributor IJune 11, 2010

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 11: A Mexico fan with make-up in the colours of the national flag during the Opening Ceremony ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City Stadium on June 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
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The anti-rape condom will be ready for the public in South Africa just prior to the opening ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup. Five years after the inception of the Rape-aXe condom, doctor and creator Sonnet Ehlers believes it is finally ready for the public. Rape has been a huge problem for South African woman, with one in four men admitting that they have participated in a rape. 

On the outside, the Rape-aXe condom is gentle and allows a woman to insert it into her body much like she would a tampon. But on the inside, the Rape-aXe is monster in of itself. The condom contains tiny spikes that would impale a male attacker upon penetration.

The spikes will not draw blood, but they will latch on to the skin. The only way for the Rape-aXe to be removed from the male's vital organ is to have it surgically removed at a hospital. Once the condom has been removed, the attacker will be arrested on site.

In theory, once the attacker realizes what has happened he will become frazzled, allowing the woman time to escape and call the police.

Dr. Ehlers has worked with rape victims for over 20 years. She says she got the idea for the anti-rape condom after hearing several woman say that they wish they had teeth 'down there.' The idea came full circle after hearing a man who suffered excruciating pain when he got his penis caught in his trouser zipper.

Dr. Ehlers will distribute 30,000 Rape-aXe condoms in the near future. If this item catches on, it will not only decrease rape, it will also catch attackers 'red-handed,' eliminating her word against his situations.