_CoffeeNoCream_ 54F
6527 posts
9/5/2005 8:18 am

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KLEINMOND, South Africa (Reuters)

- A South African inventor unveiled a new anti- female condom on Wednesday that hooks onto an attacker's penis and aims to cut one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world.

"Nothing has ever been done to help a woman so that she does not get and I thought it was high time," Sonette Ehlers, 57, said of the "rapex", a device worn like a tampon that has sparked controversy in a country used to daily reports of violent crime.

Police statistics show more than 50,000 are reported every year, while experts say the real figure could be four times that as they say most of acquaintances or children are never reported.

Ehlers said the "rapex" hooks onto the 's skin, allowing the victim time to escape and helping to identify perpetrators.

"He will obviously be too pre-occupied at this stage," she told reporters in Kleinmond, a small holiday village about 100km (60 miles) east of Cape Town. "I promise you he is going to be too sore. He will go straight to hospital."

The device, made of latex and held firm by shafts of sharp barbs, can only be removed from the man through surgery which will alert hospital staff, and ultimately, the police, she said.

It also reduces the chances of a woman falling pregnant or contracting
AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases from the attacker by acting in the same way as a female condom.

South Africa has more people with
HIV/AIDS than any other country, with one in nine of its 45 million population infected.

Ehlers, who showed off a prototype on Wednesday, said women had tried it for comfort and it had been tested on a plastic male model but not yet on a live man. Production was planned to start next year.

But the "rapex" has raised fears amongst anti- activists that it could escalate violence against women.

"If a victim is wearing such a device it may enrage the attacker further and possibly result in more harm being caused,"said Sam Waterhouse, advocacy co-ordinator for Crisis.

Other critics say the condom is mediaeval and barbaric -- an accusation Ehlers says should be directed rather at the act of .

"This is not about vengeance ... but the deed, that is what I hate," she said.

....I would love to see the test results on a on a live man,(and I wouldn't mind having the video either...for purely scientific purposes only, of course....)

so please becareful out there...

Liefs Coffee

expatbrit49 64M

9/5/2005 8:41 am

Well that puts a whole new risk to ex wife or ex girlfriend sex

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

GoddessOfTheDawn 106F
11240 posts
9/5/2005 8:46 am

hmmm .... sounds gud but it's another one of those things that cud go both ways ....

and Expat is right, what about 'vengeance' purposez ...

rm_anngneer 44M

9/5/2005 10:13 am

ONG! Sounds like a sensible proposition if used responsibly...but the outcomes are potentially disastrous for both parties if used intentionally as a vengeance weapon! Would that count as assault or GBH? Surgery to get it off! Permanent scarring?? Sounds like lawsuit territory there!! (apart from the obvious discomfort!!!)

interested13563 54M
2557 posts
9/5/2005 12:55 pm

This has the potential of leading to more violence.

rm_Never911 60M
125 posts
9/5/2005 1:38 pm

Ouch!!!...but I hope a tool like this is never misused. Then again, some guys might like it.

Oh yeah, how do you remove it...stick your vibrator in?

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leyndokona2 50F

9/5/2005 4:08 pm

Interesting.... lets just hope they remember to remove it when the get home

rm__AnyGirl_ 52F
246 posts
9/5/2005 11:54 pm

this is dangerous....

_TeaNoMilk_ 54F

9/6/2005 5:07 am

Ouch Ouch Ouch

_TeaNoMilk_ 54F

9/6/2005 5:08 am

dangerous yes....but is it really effective ?

_TeaNoMilk_ 54F

9/6/2005 5:09 am

Mmmmmmm sips her tea and ponders.....

papyrina 52F
21133 posts
9/6/2005 5:29 am

sounds good in one way but by God the violance that could follow and of course it would be abused by the minority of women,not nice

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whiskEynowater 56M
204 posts
9/7/2005 8:07 am

Whata wonderful idea..a calmer method woul be a system that expells ink onto the offending organ

_TeaNoMilk_ 54F

9/18/2005 2:37 pm


rm__AnyGirl_ 52F
246 posts
9/21/2005 2:29 am

I would now like to report that I have used this product. Unfortunately I have lost all three that I have used.

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