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South African Anti-Rape Condom

Health & Wellness  (tags: health, aids, women, rape, prevention, deterant, hiv )

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RapeX is a female condom that damages a rapist's penis after penetration with sharp microscopic barbs that hook into the skin.

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Lauren Stone (586)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 2:25 pm
THIS is the most amazing thing I've seen in ages! Years ago, I coined the quote, "Mothers are the inventors of necessity". What a shame that something like this is a necessity, but thank goodness SOMEONE thought of it! These should be available CHEAPLY, worldwide. BRAVA! BRAVA!! BRAVA!!!
Such a device will give women a greater sense of security and empowerment.

This is not only a deterrent to rape, but helps capture the rapist, as it must be removed surgically and will make great strides in preventing the spread of STD's.


Nancy M (62)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 3:00 pm
So, how long do you give it before they are outlawed (probably punishable by death?) It is a GREAT idea!

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 3:04 pm
I heard of these a few years ago, and after reading the article and having time to process the whole thing started thinking about how angry these 'men' would be, not only would these women be raped they would then most likely be killed. What a sick sad world when we need a device like this. I do agree with the above poster, at least the rapist would not be getting away very far, and would likely be caught real soon, and definitely not become a repeat offender.

Scarlett P (126)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 3:25 pm
Thanks for the info Lauren...i think this is wonderful...noted and will pass on..

Pat B (356)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 3:28 pm
noted, and passed on....:-)

Ane Munin (14)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 3:28 pm
Unfurtunately this device can also be used by vindictive women to set a men up for rape. It does not tell if the penis has been forced in or not, only that it was taken out again.

Robert K (437)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 3:58 pm
Lauren, noted.

Andrea Carter (57)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 4:09 pm
Noted : What a wonderful idea, That will teach them not to rape women, and the rapist will get caught in the process when he goes to the doctor to get it removed. love it.

Joy D. Griffith (34)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 4:24 pm
...a good idea, but as stated in the article: "and considers such a devise to be likely to increase female vulnerability to violence." The guy could very likely come back to kill the woman considering that rape is a total lack of respect for women.

Anita Lee (1121)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 4:45 pm
A great tool is here for South African women. It's about time something is invented to help these ladies from the wild animals (rapist).

Kari D (192)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 4:53 pm
This is an Amazing Idea! It's about time Women had a chance to protect themselves from "Horny" males!

scott Stunz (66)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 5:14 pm
What a sad state this world is in when something has to be thought of to protect from rape.Like there isn't enouph ways for a male to get his jollies. I too wonder what the male might think after the tears have stopped and he can breath again. It said it had to be removed surgically [sp] so are they punishing by law ?

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 5:49 pm
Personally, I can't imagine how this could be hygenic in Africa, and it is probably painful to remove... it just seems like more trouble than pepperspray / a taser. I wouldn't risk inserting it wrong!

tracy a (23)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 5:52 pm

Jaclin S (230)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 6:00 pm
I agree with you tracey.a - they do not think of any kind of protection - are only focused on what it is they are about.
Rape is a diabolocal thing to have to happen to anyone - but I personally do not agree that it is a good idea - I do not condone what the rapist is about - but I also do not condone the thought of injuring any person at all. But hey we are all different and are entitled to our opinions right!
Love & Light
Jacqueline O

Liz A (29)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 6:51 pm
Ann Munin...I agree with your input but I think there are considerably fewer woman who would use this vindictively than there are rapists. this is a powerful method to change the power differential between women and men who rape. Admittedly, this is a harsh means, seemingly. However, it is a form of self-defense.

Why was this community so outraged by the intent of a Islamic Republic of Iran to execute a young woman who killed, in self-defense, to protect herself and a 15 year old niece from rapists?? (Nazanin)

Lauren Stone (586)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 7:02 pm
This device is used by the WOMAN, not the rapist. As for 'horny guys', rape is not generally a sexually motivated crime, the penis is used as a weapon. Rape is a crime of violence, domination, humiliation and control.
Being that this device must be surgically removed, prossecution would be much easier, as the perp is already 'in custody'(in the hospital/clinic, where police would be alerted) and the device would contain DNA from both the victim and the offender.

IE Ries (237)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 7:25 pm
It's embarassing and upsetting that South Africans had to go to these lengths to try to protect women and girls from what amounts to physical torture mostly directed at females (we've known about this little invention for some time now). It's sickening. It's bad enough that the carjacking rates got so high that Saffers invented a specially modified flamethrower installed under the vehicle that ignites if anyone attempts to forcibly enter the occupied vehicle. What's going to be next? Homo Sapiens just can't seem to be happy unless they are brutalizing and torturing someone/thing, siestoggie!

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 9:19 pm
Lauren this is really a scathingly brilliant idea. Until education brings about change, this could radically improve the lives of women and girls and reduce the spreads of AIDS.

It is extreme...but not nearly as severe as rape.

This is long overdue.

Power to the women !

Now let's work on creating woman and child honoring societies where such protection will never be needed and all are safe.

Until then...Bava to the Vagina Dentata !!!

Meenakshi Sharma (124)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 10:12 pm
You are so right that rape is a violence and humiliation by man to control. There is sadly not much justice in these cases. I came very close...I am still adovate for women who are raped victims in my community as it goes unnoticed! Mere shame and humiliation... sad a women has to endure so much!

Stephanie M (218)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 10:13 pm
This is the best thing since Bisquick as my 7th grade teacher, miss Cole used to say.
Hurray-It should be front page news and if I were rich I would buy them by the ton and
give them away everywhere. I bet our government will ban them.

Nuraini A (41)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 10:51 pm
this sounds great!

1. potential rapists will have to think twice, deciding on whether this woman or that woman may be wearing the device. many may decide not to risk it in the first place, therefore this device's very existence and use is already serving as some kind of a deterrant.

2. it's unlikely to cause permanent damage, so any accidental 'trapping' as a result of a private spat or quarrel is not really the end of the world for anybody

3. presumably it's painful enough that it gives the woman some time to escape, at least in the immediate term. i've read comments about how the guy may come back to kill her but let's be serious. if she escapes via punching him, or stabbing him or any other means, how is that different from this? same risk. same goes for methods that 'injure' people - fighting in any other way is allowed under self-defence and i don't see how this is any different from struggling and fighting back, except that the one is an active action and the other a passive one. in other words, if somebody is already trying to injure you, i have no qualms whatsoever to injuring the person back!

4. it doubles as an evidence collection device. since it needs to be surgically removed, the rapist either risks damaging his penis by trying to do it himself, or he has to go to a doctor in which case he will be turned in, DNA and all.

i think the device could make it so not worth while to rape a woman, that it could be a great help to increase the safety of women in some places that are very dangerous, provided that the law and enforcement there does the job of apprehending the criminals and protecting the victims.

Trish R (5)
Monday April 16, 2007, 12:16 am
Its sad that women have to protect themselves this way. But we do what we must. My main concern is what will the rapists do to counteract this anti-rape condom? Its something that gives me a sick feeling in my stomic over.

Joe W (3)
Monday April 16, 2007, 12:43 am
My GrandMother is in heaven smiling about this.

Monday April 16, 2007, 12:45 am
While this sounds like a wonderful invention, and I hope it really works well, I am so sad that it is neccesary. I am always hoping that humankind will be able to make advances so that the many men and a few women who use rape as an act of violence will be prevented from doing so. I consider rapists to be one of the sickest people in a civilized society and need to be discovered, treated or institutionalised for life to protect all the public. Always wishing the world the best.
Be well,

Christos M (1)
Monday April 16, 2007, 1:39 am

Victoria Kelly (985)
Monday April 16, 2007, 1:39 am
How is this possible for the woman to use if female genital mutilation is done on these women (or am I missing something here..
see: for referrence on female genital cutting (FGC), female circumcision, and female genital mutilation (FGM) at:

Jenn Turner (19)
Monday April 16, 2007, 4:01 am
men who rape in africa, are cruel and inhumane, it is said they are raping young girls who are virgins so that they will be "cured of aids" what a handful of poop! They do it because they want to dominate the woman, and definately kill her inevetibly , because once he's raped and has spread his disease, she has a death sentence on her. I'm glad they invented this condom, it's very much needed and not just in africa, but world wide.

IE Ries (237)
Monday April 16, 2007, 4:24 am
Chirtos - that's my ultimate concern, too. Once a rape has occurred and the device has clamped down, the female victim may be in further danger of harm and death to silence her (not that SAPS can do much about rape now as it is, but still).

Jenn - that IS often the reason men commit the rape, the false belief that sex with a virgin will cure one of all types of ailments, not just AIDS. The real problem is that no one seems very willing to step up and say "stop hiding behind culture and face the facts, this mindset causes rapes and deaths to occur." But until someone does, nothing will change. You would think that someone who is university educated like Mbeki would be a better rolemodel and tell the truth, but it's not in his political interest to do so, just like so many other African politicians over, shame.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 16, 2007, 5:55 am
I think this is a fabulous idea..hopefully it will be a great deturrant for rape and the spread of diseases...I am not so sure about how they will retaliate..I think they would plan on killing these women anyway..rape is about control and power..they really need to be educated, but until then I think this will help things out a bit.

nurith k (93)
Monday April 16, 2007, 5:56 am
gorgeous idea, very good. rape breaks the personality of a person for ever, so why not destroy the ... of a raper for ever. it is just fair, at last. my little girl was raped, when she was 11 years old so i want these guys to be really punished, punished for ever and always!!!

Kristin Schwalback (9)
Monday April 16, 2007, 6:16 am
If only this was thought of years ago. But I LOVE IT!!! I've always said that they men should be punished by "total removal" of everything (if you get what I mean). But this will do just fine. Women need to find justice, and I think we all just have. I do applaud the one who thought of this, and thank you from all of us who have been violated.

Alf I (246)
Monday April 16, 2007, 6:21 am
The sad thing is a lot of the rape victims in Africa are children and virgins so this device would not be any good for them.

Jennifer O (1)
Monday April 16, 2007, 7:20 am
I would hope that this device NOT become widely available in the United States. You would be surprised how many "vindictive" women we have here. Note the number of cases we hear about with women claiming rape, and then the man is found innocent. I have a friend who spent time in jail and is now banned from the state because his wife claimed rape. She has four children, at least one of them conceived during the marriage, but none of them fathered by him. She collects child support from three different men. Her sister has done the exact same thing to other men. There are plenty of women out there who would use the anti- rape condom to "get back" at someone.

Having said that, I DO hope this condom becomes widely available in Africa and other areas where, unlike in the USA, women have little if any control or power and are at the complete mercy of men. My hearts break for these women.

My heart goes out to any person who has been violated.

Victoria Kelly (985)
Monday April 16, 2007, 7:45 am
this is the second referrence here to: "vindictive" women . I am really concerned about this idea, many times spread by women! The problem is not angry women, it is angry men!

Carol Anne Knapp (123)
Monday April 16, 2007, 8:00 am
This is priceless, I just hope women use it appropriately so it is not ruined for the purpose it was intended, I can see an angry spouse using it for a punishment and lets hope we can send the message loud and clear that it would hurt women all over if that kind of abuse were to take place, I love the idea of protection being offered in this way. it is non violent really because if your pecker weren't where it shouldn't be it wouldn't have gotten caught.

Ingrid Korsan (5)
Monday April 16, 2007, 8:15 am
Animal testing is good and bad; if we dont have animal testing we would not have any medicine but it is bad because the animals get hurt.

Ingrid Korsan (5)
Monday April 16, 2007, 8:19 am
This email about animal testing was not sent by me yet had my name next to it. Can anyone tell me why?

Ingrid Korsan

Ingrid Korsan (5)
Monday April 16, 2007, 8:30 am
I sent a contribution to the debate about the anti-rape condom and a completely irrelevent comment came up which is not my view on animal testing. Please do not let this deter you from continuing with this interesting debate.
Much love,


Lauren Stone (586)
Monday April 16, 2007, 8:41 am
Thank you for noticing that too Victoria! The thought that some WOMAN would use this to harm a man is not only 'off topic', but makes one wonder about the mentality of these women or the women they know. I'm sure we have all heard stories about women 'super gluing' a man's penis to his leg or tummy, etc...and of course the infamous Bobbet case, but super glue and butcher knives are still readily available. Perhaps this notion is a result of hundreds of years of violence and oppression of women in America.
None the less, I feel this device should be made easily accessable and cheaply affordable WORLDWIDE. Yes, it was INVENTED in South Africa, but RAPE is a WORLD WIDE epidemic!
As for the concerns about a woman being further injured, etc...People are MISSING THE POINT the US, if you take a self defence/personal power class, women are taught to use whatever they have available,ie...their car keys to gauge the attacker in the eyes/face, a high feel to SMASH a toe, a flat palmed thrust to the nose, pepper spray, etc...problem with that training is, that WHEN you are being attacked, sometimes you may forget what you SHOULD be doing...Truth be told, I carried pepper spray in my bag for years. If I had ever been attacked during that time, I would have had to dig through my purse to FIND the pepper spray, etc...ever looked in most women's purses lately? Really? I'd have been safer BEATING the attacker WITH my big purse! This condom is a 'NO BRAINER', nothing to try and remember.
THE WHOLE POINT OF ANY OF THESE IDEAS IS TO STUN THE ATTACKER LONG ENOUGH FOR THE WOMAM TO GET AWAY! UNDERSTAND? FOR HER TO ESCAPE! At that point the attacker is usually only thinking of trying to get away himself before someone discovers him.

Lauren Stone (586)
Monday April 16, 2007, 8:46 am
Ingrid, don't worry about that. It's a 'glitch' that many of us have seen before, not your fault.
Thank you for joining the conversation.

Maureen S (122)
Monday April 16, 2007, 10:04 am
Wow! There's a part of me that's literally about to roll off the couch given the entire idea!!! It's rather like the Lorina Bobbitt story several years ago when women all around were cheering; and it goes directly to the story the other day about the province in China where women are the leaders and set punishments for men, basically an "Amazonian" area. In China!!! The country that produces an immediate image of female infanticide to a percentage of women in the world, and a Communist Country as the second image. An experiement in what, pray tell, on the part of the Chinese government given it's sanctioned??? Hmmmmm

Indian Moon, I love the "scathingly brilliant!" Of course!!! lol Gobslapped comes to mind as well for me. And here I am behind in the news and overwhelmingly there is a lack of comment on the male side of the issue here!!! We're finding it brilliant! The one male I saw, Christos, states he feels that it's going to increase the death rate amongst women being raped. Why? Because their willy's involved!!! The latest drugs are to ensure that men are still able to function when they are of an age that Mother Nature determines is no longer necessary. Hmmmmm . . . and death is the end result of women protecting themselves from a violation of their bodiy that leaves scars men can't begin to RELATE to? What did I miss?

I think this is absolutely splendid!!! And I agree that it should be available worldwide to women to protect them from rape . . . and it's a punishment that is oh so appropriate!!! As Mother Earth wisdom, women know how much something like that hurts; considering as well that one has a limited time to avoid permanent damage makes the focus GETTING THE BLOODY THING OFF!!! So . . . I don't agree that death is going to increase as a result. I posit it has a strong deterrent impact as well: does she, or doesn't she? rofl

Let's see; preach abstinence as the means of preventing unwanted pregnancies, STD's, etc.; and yet . . . the Viagra is the godsend (supposedly) to the women of the world as it allows those who are "past their prime shall we say," continue to perform an act when at that point of the relationship it's more about creating the truths of their combined wisdom. Partnership. Did I miss something here? And still, there is the violence of rape against women and a "scathingly brilliant" idea for how women can protect themselves, and the only male response, while sympathtic to the global issue and sadness that it's socially necessary, is that it might produce an increase in the death rate? Please Christos, give your energy to the distribution of this protection! =) Visualise how wonderfully execellent it is and how it gives them precisely what they deserve!!!

Doesn't HAVE to result in permanent damage. If the guy wants to hang around long enough (which I just can't visualise as the physiological response at all!!!) to commit murder. Naaaa . . . just can't see it!!! That's what makes it scathingly brilliant (thanks so so much indian Moom for a great expression!!! lol). Just a wee shift and voila, it will be available globally! Why shouldn't it be? Go see your physician if this medication produces an erection that lasts more than . . . what 36 hours or some insane amount of time??? You've got to be kidding!!!

Pass out the Viagra, withhold the birth control and safe access to abortion--even though I do not subscribe to abortion as a means of birth control--and teach abstinence. However limit which women have access to it because of an injection of religion and arrogant morality eroding the Constitution as far as America goes! Yuck!!!

Sorry for the rant all!!!

Walking away babbling . . . looking for a wall to banh head against!!! lol

Ane Munin (14)
Monday April 16, 2007, 10:10 am
Mentioning a glitch is not off-topic as it is relating to the subject at hand. And as I said in the other topic Questioning a persons character and moral fiber (and that of females she knows) because they do not want to see innoncent people hurt is however not on-topic. Do any of you have sons?

Yes, the device was invented because of angry men with no respect for women and RapeX DOES make sense in Africa because of the social situation; but it has a very limited timeframe in which to be effective. Word of mouth is a very powerful thing and spreads quickly. And once the rapists are aware of the risks nothing stands in the way of them forcing the women to take the device out which will probably only add to the violent nature of the attack.

I've been the target of attempted rape TWICE and both times I have been saved by self-defence methods; they DO work. Now, I would rather give self-defence classes than issue a RapeX to someone, knowing defence helps your confidence and will better your chances of keeping the attacker at bay long enough to get away. When the device goes into action a woman has in essence lost the self-defence and is now tagging the person who violates her.

Victoria Kelly (985)
Monday April 16, 2007, 11:18 am
I can see this being a way to further blame the victim, as there will never be a true tested way for women to "prove" they did not want to have sex! The only way to stop rape is for the rapists to stop raping by any name it is still RAPE! (marital, familiar, stranger, date we can go on forever naming it, but what is being done to STOP IT??? Let's put our energy into some real action through laws and survivces for women and children! EEEEEEEERRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!

Sorry when I get going sometimes I can't hardly even stop myself!

Victoria Kelly (985)
Monday April 16, 2007, 11:20 am
way to go! Maureen S. Don't stop there.................

Ane Munin (14)
Monday April 16, 2007, 11:29 am
How do you mean "Further blame the victim"? In conjuction with my comment?

Victoria Kelly (985)
Monday April 16, 2007, 11:34 am
Ane It was not personal ... I was commenting on the whole topic, blaming the victim for the rape instead of the perp for the act of violence, it was not directed at your comment

Ane Munin (14)
Monday April 16, 2007, 11:47 am
Oh, Victoria, I didn't think it was a personal attack, but I was a little afraid that something in my comment could be read as me trying to blame the victim of rape. If that was the case I was prepared to elaborate.

Brenda R (6)
Monday April 16, 2007, 4:02 pm
It is a very interesting device. The rapist will have that thing stuck on his penis. What if he trys to remove it? He has to volutarily go and get it removed, Gotcha! I think this is a fantastic idea!

Jo Carlyle (170)
Monday April 16, 2007, 5:04 pm
I wish I had some years ago. I think it is a GREAT idea and should be given to every girl 13 and older.

David Gould (155)
Monday April 16, 2007, 5:25 pm
You say that you lack a male point of view. Well here's one that is totally for this great little gizmo or should that be slizmo (for slicing the mojo) I think this is great! At long last there is a way round the pathetic "she was asking for it by the way she was dressed" excuses that stupid little men offer when they get caught out.

There has never been an excusefor anyone to be raped which is the forcible pentitration without consent. If he was up there without permission then he gets it sliced, diced, severed and served up hot, at his local acident and emergency centre. I don't think he will kill her...he will have other things on his mind with twenty four little hooked barbs sticking in his sensitive bits. Tends not to make a fellow over sensitive or capable of any rational thought.

Best still no need for DNA on this one. Since it needs to be removed surgically there will be sufficent proof. Every now and again the world does something right. This is one of them. Thanks for sharing this...quite made my day.

Debbie Sequichie-Kerchee (53)
Monday April 16, 2007, 5:29 pm
Considering that a rapist's brain is located below his belt and he does not rape to satisfy a sexual urge, but that rape is an ultimate act of violence based on the males inferiority complex and/or hate of the feminine, he could very well come back and kill the woman because of this device, which only increases his violent behavior.

Victoria Kelly (985)
Monday April 16, 2007, 10:08 pm
Maybe it should be inserted at both (all) openings.. My father raped me vaganly, orally and anally by the age of 6 months.

Bobbie W (113)
Monday April 16, 2007, 11:36 pm
Yes-it's a great idea and could work, but I wonder how many women would actually wear these and be prepared at the right time? I mean, whoever thinks about being raped when they leave home? What a sad testamonial this is to the shape our world is in. Maybe the women should also wear some kind of a sign telling potential rapists what might happen to them so as to prevent the attack from ever taking place in the first place.

Lauren Stone (586)
Tuesday April 17, 2007, 4:20 am
According to the U.S. Department of justice, a woman is raped every 2 minutes somewhere in America. 1 in 4 AMERICAN women will be sexually assaulted or the victim of an attempted assault in her lefetime.
No women is safe out in the world. That is a sad, but true fact.
Yes, Ane, I have 2 sons and 4 daughters. Being the good feminist Mother that I am, all my children have been taught to respect their own bodies as well as those of others.
If ever, Goddess forbid that one of my sons chose to force himself on a woman and got his penis stuck in a trap full of barbs, then OH WELL! He got what he deserved! No pity from Mom on that.
As for my my daughters, when these are available in the US and my daughters are of an age where they could use this device, damn straight, I'd buy a case of them and show the girls how to use them.
If a rapist INTENDS to kill his victim, he will do so regardless, so that is not even a factor as far as I am concerned.
MANY women travel alone, work alone or in jobs where they may have to enter a stranger's home, these women are at a high risk for attack. This device is a gift to women. And MEN who love or care about women should be APPLAUDING this device! It could save their wife or girlfriend, their Mother or Grandmother, sister, daughter , niece, friend. The only men that I could see being truly opposed to this are those who may be afraid of getting caught in one.
(Bobbie W. , that's a clever idea in a way, women could wear T-shirts that say, "My pussy bites back!)

. (0)
Tuesday April 17, 2007, 12:16 pm
I agree with the sentiments saying it is a sad state of the world when such a device is needed. I understand the point and support it to some degree but I also echo the concerns of the critics, that it could lead to more violence against women and even murder. The friends/relatives of a rapist whose genitals were caught in this device could come back and target the woman. I also wonder, is it possible for a woman to forget she was wearing it? If it's a comfortable enough device to wear, it could be possible a woman could forget it was in there and injure her partner. I also echo Bobbie's concern, would women really think to put it in? No one plans to be raped. Hmmm

Tuesday April 17, 2007, 12:25 pm
noted :)

Steinar Torrissen (95)
Tuesday April 17, 2007, 7:49 pm

Lauren Stone (586)
Tuesday April 17, 2007, 7:55 pm
Women are raped and MURDERED every day. ALL OVER THIS PLANET. Do we NOT understand that?
If there is a fear that the woman will later be stalked or attacked again out of revenge...then NO woman would EVER report or press charges of rape because of this fear. Rapist who go to prison, GET OUT! Their families are not also sentenced, so they could, if this theory is taken seriously, take 'revenge' on the victim at any time, anyway. The released offender could come back and do the same, whatever the case.
That is like saying no woman should ever try to defend herself against an attacker. If she scratches his face, or breaks his foot with the stomp from the heel of her shoe, or bites him, etc...then LATER he might come back and out of 'revenge' try to kill her.
As for accidentally trapping ones own lover...this device can be felt EXTERNALLY with the hands or by touching it with the penis, so even if the woman "forgot" it was there, she would be made aware of it at that time and could remove it. The only way that a man could be 'accidentally" caught in this device would be through a forceful penetration with no foreplay or other touching of the woman's genitals before hand.
All this 'nay saying' is truly disappointing and in essence says that a woman should NOT be able to use whatever means necessary to protect herself against sexual assault. One of the male respondents recommended carrying a gun! So, it okay to shoot an offender, but looked at sideways to use non-lethal means that would also aid in the conviction of the perpetrator.

John Duff (47)
Wednesday April 18, 2007, 7:32 am
I am a blind guy who was raped by a guy justafter losing my sight at 18 years of age. This was back in the 60's where it was kept hidden. I know how it feels and the perpretator was never punished for it. A device such as the one described for women is in theory perfect to stop those raping. I somehow think it might end up in more murders. When a guy realises his manhood has been damaged there could be two possible conclusions. He runs for his life or is so enraged he kills in anger. As one person commented self defence is a good option. Rape is very wrong and there should be an automatic court order preventing any contact with the victim for their entire life. If this is broken then they go straight back to jail.

I have a blind friend in Canada who was raped at knife point by her husband who also broke two of her ribs. She was in a wheelchair and was recovering from just having a kidney transplant. He was given a 3 years jail sentence. The laws also need changed drastically in favour of the victim and not the criminal.

Lauren Stone (586)
Wednesday April 18, 2007, 10:12 am
John, Thank you for having the courage to share your story. I TOTALLY AGREE that the laws are FAR too lax on sex offenders.
This device could also be used by men as a means of protection.
As I have said already, by the time the offender realizes what has just happened to him, the victim will have had time to escape. Which, really is much of the point of such a device.

Vanessa Garcia (3)
Wednesday April 18, 2007, 10:26 am
This is great... I love it... I think that sex offenders should get whats coming to them. Wonderful idea...

Cherie Thomas (245)
Thursday April 19, 2007, 6:41 am
Rape is a crime of violence and control which are as far from sexual as you can get. As long as people act like savage's then they need to be treated as such...

Audrey M (2)
Friday April 20, 2007, 10:10 am
I agree, that a woman has the right to protect and empower herself with whatever means possible, this is a great idea!
PS.... If it feels at all like getting stuck with porcupine quills (which also has tiny microscopic barbs) those men have got another thing coming!

Andrea H (6)
Friday April 20, 2007, 3:23 pm
It is such a shame that we even have to worry about these things happening. In Africa, HIV is more prevalent than anywhere in the world. So, women can protect themselves from disease, pregnancy and rape itself. As the men "barb" their parts, the woman can then knee them in the nuts and have a chance to get away. Nice!

Sarah M (2)
Friday April 20, 2007, 4:49 pm
I just regret that the woman using this device has to actually be raped in order for it to work. I wonder at the tragic mentality that one must have in order to use such a thing, to expect to be raped and to take such direct precautions against it. And wouldn't rapists eventually figure out that they should check for and remove this anti-rape condom before raping a woman?

I do think that this is a good and practical idea in many ways, and that it deals appropriate justice to sex offenders, but I doubt it will work as well as hoped.

Past Member (0)
Friday April 20, 2007, 6:34 pm
Well myself being a victim of rape at the age of 13 by an unknown man who was never caught, also being sexually abused by my own biological father from the age 4-11, this would be a brilliant tool for the women who want this either for themselves or for other family members who agree to have this.
I, still can't sleep at night like a "normal" person, never leave my home at night alone EVER, I am married but can't sleep in the same bed as my hubby, much less the same room.
Anything to deter these sick sick pervs will do them good, but I also agree with John Duff & Sarah A.....but after asking my hubby & showing him that picture of that condom....he totally agreed that it may cause a man to lay down & cry like in excruciating pain or run like the Bit$% he is.
But I just wish that when HIV/AIDS virus first started to hit that those that had the information, money & power (Reagan Era) to help get this under control or at least aware us all of this hideous disease instead of blaming the gay communities & that it was a GAY mans disease and with their attitude "who cares they did it to themselves".
Not to say that it would have made a difference...rapists, child molesters...never get what they deserve...ONLY if we could make their punishment be that they get the sentence from other prison inmates which is rape first then or just death... or just the death part, this way there is no slap on the early release no other or future victims.. OUR US GOVERNMENT GIVES THESE CRIMINALS easy ways to commit the same crime pity with having to lock these sickos up by themselves in their "own" cages, giving them them the freedom their victims will never have a normal life.
Oh biological jerkoff father I sent him to prison, after learning he sexually abused my younger sister *who btw has a different father who was ready to be sent to prison for murdering this piece of crap, but I was able to get him a NICE...VERY NICE welcoming committing,..that included the my dear, sweet, loving & dedicated cousin who at the time was the head prison guard who ensured his welcoming committee was in the nicest, warmest & sweatiest incoming bullpen. He will live the rest of his life with dreams of Big Bubba & knowing that it was ME that set him to his punishment.
So with that I will make sure if this was to come here...I will be a strong advocate to get this on the shelf of all pharmacies here AND readily available to all women who desire to have this for their safety & protection.
I would make a suggestion about a small improvement in this condom...that is slices it off. Why should a rapist get to withdraw without loosing it...that is my opinion...hmmmm...wonder if Sonette Ehlers would be interested in working with me on some minor improvements...that would surely drop the rapes somewhat..but I KNOW since governments are usually male dominated it would get turned down & say it was a form of torture.

Liesa Penrod (6)
Friday April 20, 2007, 6:46 pm
This isn't a new invention--the same technique was used in Viet Nam using razor blades--don't ask. Female prostitutes used them frequently. In the case of rape it does not usually increase the chances for murder as most often the man is too damaged to do too much more than bleed. The problem comes in where a man intends on hurting the woman first--rape is a crime of violence. The root problem is the accepted violence against women in the first place as well as the lack of conviction of these perpetrators initially.

Jirata p (0)
Friday April 20, 2007, 8:03 pm
There must be caution when it will be available on the market! It can be used on innocent men as well, so it should not be sold here and there. Some kind of ethical rules should be applied. Women who were (are) subjected to rape should get permission to use it in order to catch the perpetrator. I feel I would allow every lady in Darfur-Sudan to use it ASAP, as raping as young as 10-14year girls in mass is practiced on a daily basis.The problem is could they afford it? The answer is NO, and the solution is the World should give them for free! Thank you

Patsy P (37)
Wednesday April 25, 2007, 3:15 pm
Sounds like a good idea ! BUT will it get you killed? The man is going to be mad, if you get away he will probebly kill you ! Instead of harming you !

HOpe NO one buys this type condom by accident......... OUCH !

John Duff (47)
Friday April 27, 2007, 9:32 am
Why isn't it possible to develop a cheap stun gun especially designed for women. It could be as small as a lighter with enough kick to stun anyone trying to sexualy assault you. One stun in the right place will make the person stop in his tracks giving the woman enough time to get away.

Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Wednesday May 30, 2007, 11:52 am
VICTORIA KELLY: Did you ever get a reply on this, or did I miss it? It's a bit perplexing to me, too!

Quote: Monday April 16, 2007, 1:39 am
How is this possible for the woman to use if female genital mutilation is done on these women (or am I missing something here..
see: for referrence on female genital cutting (FGC), female circumcision, and female genital mutilation (FGM) at:

Kobe Bryant should've had this happen to him!!

Julia D (92)
Friday August 10, 2007, 6:25 am
What worries me here is that this condom doesn't prevent rape, it punishes the violator (not a bad thing, mind you). But in any case, for the condom to "work", rape already has to take place, i.e. he has to penetrate. I'd like to see a device that destroys him BEFORE the damage is done.

Rose S (0)
Saturday April 10, 2010, 4:14 pm
wow i wonder if this is still available becasue its a great idea

Hannah B (6)
Friday March 25, 2011, 6:33 pm
Seems like a nice idea. There are still concerns.... the person who rapes may proceed to kill the person he raped. Also, people may misuse the condom as a way to get back at others or frame for rape etc. It's not for everyone raped... just women and men raped by men, it does little for men who are raped by women (not that that is an extremely large quantity of people, but there are some).
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