A South African doctor has invented an aggressive anti-rape device that would leave the rapist cringing in pain during an attempt. The device called Rape Axe is in the form of a female condom with jagged teeth/ hooks/ barbs lining the inside which attaches to the manhood during penetration and can only be removed by a medical doctor once it attaches itself. The woman inserts it like a tampon without injuries (since the hooks are on the inner wall) and any man who decides to act on his rape intentions simply gets impaled on the hooks and must have to visit the emergency room to have it removed.
The Rape Axe designed by Sonette Ehlers, a medical technician which was inspired by a rape victim’s regrettably sad comment: “If only I had teeth down there” has attracted both good recommendations and bad criticisms one of which was being tagged as one of the most medieval devices and that it is like going back to the days when women were forced to wear chastity belts but in Sonette’s opinion, a medieval deed deserves a medieval consequence.
The incidence of rape has been on the increase in South Africa currently ranking number 1 (by a wide margin) among other African countries with the highest incidence of rape and the second in the world.
Despite poor documentation which is mainly due to poor reporting by victims in a bid to avoid stigmatization and shame, the numbers are still very high with over 120 females out of every 100,000 reportedly being raped yearly. Welfare groups believe that unreported cases could be up to 10 times higher and children and babies raped are both common.
It is utterly shocking that despite the menace of HIV/AIDS, people still indulge in such a shameful act even to the point of victimizing children. A significant contributing factor for such an increase in child abuse is the widespread but fictitious belief that sleeping with a virgin cures AIDs.
To have a better idea of the statistics, an inquiry made by the Community of Information, Empowerment and Transparency revealed that 1 in 3 of the 4,000 women questioned said they had been victims of rape.
In a new study conducted by the Medical Research Council (MRC), over 1 in 4 South African men admitted to raping someone in the survey and rape mostly starts in the teenage years while three out of 4 men who rape do it for the first time before the age of 20.
The Medical Research Foundation conducted a study which was funded by the government in 2010 in which it was identified that over 37% of men said they had raped a woman in Gauteng and almost 7% of the 487 men surveyed said they had taken part in a gang rape.
One of the most recent studies (2013) which involved 1991 grade nine boys from 46 secondary schools in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town revealed that 17.2% had committed rape.
This is indeed alarming and calls for a much more practical line of action so do you now see Rape Axe as the much-needed solution and would you recommend that it becomes available to anyone who could be susceptible? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page and please don’t forget to like our page.