Monday, June 21, 2010

South African doctor invents female condoms with 'teeth' to fight rape

Bite me Ouch!

A new condom for women designed with teeth to ward off would-be rapists has been launched by a South African doctor.

Rape-aXe was dreamed up four decades ago by Dr Sonnet Ehlers when as a 20-year-old medical researcher, she met a devastated rape victim who was like "a breathing corpse".

In an interview with CNN, Ehlers told how the woman said: "If only I had teeth down down there" said Ehlers. "promised her I'd do something to help people like her one day."

True to her word, Rape-Axe has jagged teeth-like hooks that latch onto a man's penis during penetration.

"He cannot pee and walk when it's on"

Once its in place, it can only be removed by a doctor - a procedure Ehlers hopes will be done with authorities on standby to make an arrest.

"It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it's on," she said. "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."