South African doctor Sonnet Ehlers developed the condom five years ago and says it’s now ready for widespread use, though it has never been tested. She wants to give away 30,000 of them.
Here’s how it works: A woman inserts the condom herself, and when her attacker penetrates, his penis is impaled by tiny spikes. The spikes don’t draw blood but do cause incredible pain if the man tries to take off the condom. The condom can only be removed in a hospital, where the rapist can immediately be arrested.
South Africa is the perfect testing ground for Rape-aXe, considering that one out of every four South African men say they have raped a woman. Half of those men also admit to multiple rapes, and many say they’ve participated in gang rapes. (BBC News, June 2009)
The obvious problem with the condom is that the rapist could become even more violent once he realizes that he can’t remove it without ripping the skin off his penis. On the other hand, he might panic and try to pull it off anyway, in which case he’d denude himself–probably the best outcome anyone could hope for.
Click here to see photos of Dr. Ehlers demonstrating how the Rape-aXe impales the perp’s penis.