It all started when a rape victim hurried towards South Africa’s Dr. Sonnet Ehlers. She was on call during that time and has seen the lady in devastation of what has happened to her. “She looked at me and said, “If only I had teeth down there,” recalled Ehlers. From that time on, Ehlers has envisioned that someday she would be able to help victims like her. During that time, Ehlers was still on her 20’s and still a medical researcher.
After forty years, Dr. Ehlers gave birth to Rape-aXe. It is a spiked female condom. The woman inserts the latex condom like a tampon. Jagged rows of teeth-like hooks line its inside and attach on a man’s penis during penetration, Ehlers said. These spikes sticks into the man’s organ giving him much suffering. He can’t even pee with it. The more he tries to remove it, the more it clasps into the skin. Only doctors can remove the spikes once it lodges.
She has consulted engineers, gynecologists and psychologists for safety purposes. She will be distributing 30,000 free devices under supervision in the various South African cities where the World Cup soccer games are taking place. After this trial period, the condoms would be available for $2 each.
“The ideal situation would be for a woman to wear this when she’s going out on some kind of blind date … or to an area she’s not comfortable with,” she said.
However, this invention is not free from critics. Victoria Kajja, a fellow for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the east African country of Uganda says that it is a form of “enslavement”. The fears surrounding the victim, the act of wearing the condom in anticipation of being assaulted all represent enslavement that no woman should be subjected to. Kajja said.