An Anti-Rape Device?

Earlier this summer – around World Cup time – CNN reported on a South African doctor’s invention of a so-called “anti-rape device” – Rape aXe - that can be worn inside of a woman’s vagina. I am all for preventing sexual assaults whenever possible and also empowering women, however while I think that Dr. Sonnet Ehlers, inventor of Rape-aXe, had best intentions there are many problems with her invention. Rape-aXe is a fairly inexpensive product designed to be worn inside of the female to help stop sexual assault by having “teeth” on it. However, sexual assault is less about the actual act of sex and more about control.

I see several possible problems with this device. First, the idea that this device will in some manner “protect” the wearer gives some false hope. While statistically more sexual perpetrators know their victim, there is still the idea that rapists are people hiding in the shadows, especially in bad areas of town. Also, who is to say if someone tries to assault a person wearing this device that it will stop? My perception is that it will only anger the perpetrator and then they may be putting the potential victim’s life at stake. That said, I do think something like this could be beneficial to certain people, but I think there would be more benefits from prevention education.

[CNN]

About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.

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    Teeth … the movie. At http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780622/ .

    The potential victims life is always at stake. There have been several cases where a raped woman was found dead in a field.

    I think the teeth thing could do internal damage to her if he gets in once, gets the teeth caught on his penis and tried to yank it out by instinct. Bad idea.

    Better idea. The woman pretends to be weak and helpless. The man believes that he has the upper hand. He gets within striking range. And because she carries a pen dagger (looks like a pen, but pop the top and it is actually a very sharp “letter opener” (human opener)), she pokes him 6 times really quickly like Jackie Chan. Dude, can’t try to rape you if he is trying to keep his blood from gushing out 6 holes.