Rapex: fighting rape with brutal force

A new anti-rape contraceptive could soon hit the shelves of American pharmacies.

truncated condom with rows of razor sharp hooks on the inside. These hooks latch onto a rapist’s penis upon penetration and must be removed by a doctor. The contraceptive is similar to a tampon in regards to comfort and visibility, as well as the fact that it is inserted and removed with an applicator.

Rapex has sparked some debate among feminists, who see this device as similar to requiring women to wear chastity belts. For me, the difference is that women are given a choice to wear Rapex, whereas chastity belts were often imposed.

The product was originally developed for South African women, as close to two million women are raped in this country a year. Conceivably, Rapex could be used in America by women who are exposed to risky situations for a prolonged period, or when traveling in unfamiliar areas. The product could also reduce the occurrence of date rape, which is one of the most common forms of sexual assault in this country. Rapex could even help prevent rape among domestic partners as these cases often go unreported because they are difficult to prove.

Some critics claim the device will only infuriate rapists, making them more likely to kill their victims. While there is no evidence on this either way, this response to sexual abuse is similar to a knee in the groin or pepper spray, except several degrees worse. The thinking is that the sudden and surprise pain will disable the rapist long enough for the potential victim to escape.

Another major concern is that Rapex will be used to frame men with rape charges. While this may seem like male paranoia, it is conceivable that a woman could use Rapex as payback for a cheating partner, or to teach someone a lesson. While this may be true, pepper spray or taser guns also have the potential to be abused, but these products are still available because of their potential to empower women.

Check out the product for yourself at rapex.com