3 A South African Doctor Invented An Anti Rape Condom
In 2005 a retired blood technician invented a new anti rape condom device called the vagina dentata. With a name that has vagina in it, it can’t be all that bad can it? Well take a look at the second half of it, and it will throw a little more perspective into it. Dentata comes from dental, or teeth. So put the two together and what do you have? Vagina teeth. It doesn’t sound all that inviting now, does it? So why would anyone want to make an anti rape condom like this?
Sonette Ehlers from South Africa, who is a retired doctor, was alarmed at the high rates of rape in the country, and decided to act. After some thought for the best solution for the problem she developed the vagina dentata.
This nasty little potential life saver is made out of a silicon material that is inserted into the vagina. On the inside of the condom are rows of sharp plastic teeth, that will bite into the attackers penis and instantly stop the sexual assault. The attacker will be left with “superficial” damage to the penis, and it will require medical intervention to be removed, providing hard evidence of their crime. But it does have some drawbacks.
One problem with the anti rape condom is that it costs about 50 or 60 cents, which is expensive for a single use item in South Africa. Other problems that have gone the way of the inventor are whether or not it could result in a more serious assault on the victim that could cost them their life. These reasons, along with many others may be the reason that it hasn’t yet gone into production.
As of 2014 not a single anti rape condom has been made for commercial use, although the initial display model has been made. It still remains a possibility that this unique condom could see light of day someday soon.