Here are a few statistics about rape in South Africa:
One in three of the 4,000 women questioned by the Community of Information, Empowerment and Transparency said they had been raped in the past year. More than 25 per cent of South African men questioned in a survey published by the Medical Research Council (MRC) in June 2009 admitted to raping someone; of those, nearly half said they had raped more than one person.
33% of South African women are raped.
25% of South African men admit to being rapists.
To combat the issue of rape in South Africa, Dr. Sonnet Ehlers invented the Rape-Ex condom for women. The woman would insert the condom and if by chance a man has vaginal sex with her, the condom would clamp down on the man’s penis without breaking any skin. The device will not allow a man to urinate or walk while it’s on, any type of forced removal would cause more pain, also it can only be removed by a doctor. The device is currently being sold for $2, but Dr. Ehlers planned (plans) on distributing them during the World Cup for free.
When I first read about this earlier today, I thought that it was a pretty interesting idea. But upon second thought, I’m not sure if this is a cure to the rape epidemic in South Africa. Would this cause even more aggression towards the woman, and possibly have the rapist inflict more harm on the victim, once he feels the “teeth” attaching to his penis?
It definitely puts new meaning to “Take A Bite Out Of Crime”.
What are your opinions on the device?