A drawing of a female condom with teeth.
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In an attempt to cut down on sexual offenders in South Africa, a country with one of the worst rape rates in the world, creator Dr. Sonnet Ehlers is distributing a female condom with jagged teeth called Rape-aXe. The doctor, who is fed up after witnessing floods of rape victims pouring in, will be giving away thousands of the “condom with teeth” devices during the World Cup.

Rape in South Africa

Ten years ago, a survey done by CIET Africa, a non-governmental organization, revealed the shocking truth about sexual violence in South Africa. In the survey, about 4,000 women were questioned, and one in three said they had been a victim of rape over the past year. According to BBC News, more than 50,000 cases are reported to police authorities every year. That figure, however, is only a fraction of the actual number of assaults against women.

The condom with teeth

According to CNN, the latex condom with teeth is inserted by women like tampons. Lined inside the device are rows of jagged teeth-like hooks that latch on to a man’s penis upon penetration. Dr. Ehlers said that once the device is hooked on, only a specialized doctor can remove it. She hopes it will help cut down on sexual violence.

“It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it’s on,” said Ehlers. “If he tries to remove it, it will clasp even tighter… however, it doesn’t break the skin, and there’s no danger of fluid exposure.”

Cutting down on sexual violence

Dr. Sonnet Ehlers will be distributing 30,000 of the female condoms with teeth, Rape-aXe, free of charge. Once the trial period is over, the latex device will be sold for $2 apiece. Ehlers, a mother of two, said she even visited several prisons to speak to convicted rapists to find out whether such a preventative tool would have made them reconsider their actions. A number of them said it would have.

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