Gender Based Violence

Anti-Rape Underwear in India, condoms with teeth in South Africa – protecting women and girls, but at what cost?

In the past couple of weeks, my social media feeds have been flooded with news about new “anti-rape underwear” that was developed by a group of engineering students in India to protect women from rape. Apparently, this underwear is capable of sending out 82 electric shocks when pressure sensors are activated by a rape attempt, and is also equipped with GPS and can send out an SMS to the local emergency number, as well as the victim’s family.

Female Condom with teeth - image courtesy Rape Axe, http://www.antirape.co.za/
Female Condom with teeth – image courtesy Rape Axe, http://www.antirape.co.za/

This approach to prevent rape reminds me of the “female condom with teeth”, developed a couple of years ago by a doctor in South Africa. This device is essentially a condom that a woman inserts inside herself. Within the condom are jagged, sharp “teeth”, which will attach on a man’s penis during penetration in a very painful manner. Once the teeth have been lodged into the flesh, only a doctor can remove it – so not only does the man now have a condom with teeth stuck to his penis, but he can now also clearly be identified as an attempted rapist, given that women who were willing participants in a sexual act would probably have removed the device before engaging in consensual sex.

There is heated debate over these types of approaches towards curbing sexual violence, and for a good reason: Essentially, expecting women to wear electric shock underwear or insert devices with teeth inside their bodies puts the responsibility of not being raped on women and girls. In the end, there is only one way to stop rape: for men to stop raping women and girls, and for societies to stop coming up with excuses and justifications for sexual violence. Condoms with teeth or electric shock underwear are not a permanent solution – so by coming up with such approaches to “protect women”, are we just perpetuating the victim-blaming culture and the idea that rape is always somehow a woman’s fault, and that she could have and should have taken measures to stop it or prevent it?

I think the answer is everything but simple and straight forward.

Yes, these approaches do place the responsibility of preventing rape on women and girls. They do send out a message that preventing rape is up to women, and that there are measures women can and should take to minimize the risk of becoming a victim of sexual assault. Personally, I think that instead of constantly coming up with new ways to tell women and girls how to not get raped, we should switch our focus on telling men to just not rape, and holding them accountable if they do – period. In the end, that is the only way to prevent rape in a sustainable way, and that is the only way that truly respects women and girls.

On the other hand – in South Africa, where the condom with teeth was created, rape and sexual assault are rampant. According to recent statistics, over 60,000 rapes are reported to the police in SA every year, which is more than in India despite the huge difference in population. Given that only a fraction of rapes actually get reported, the real figure of rape and sexual assault cases in SA could be even ten-fold. In India, stories of rape and sexual assault are in the news every day – young girls, children, women, grandmothers. Being born a female in India is almost like having a target on your back. Victim-blaming is common place, and while the recent terrible case of the Delhi bus rape brought the prevalence of sexual crimes in India to the consciousness of the entire world, whether the recent changes to laws and policies to protect women will actually result in women and girls being safer remains to be seen. Without a major societal shift in attitudes, values, and thinking around rape and women’s and girls’ role in sexual assault, it is unlikely that neither SA or India will be able to curb the rampant violence against women and girls that both countries are currently struggling with.

So, given these realities of females in India, South Africa, and in countless other countries around the world – are devices like the condom with teeth and electric shock underwear still better than nothing? Despite the fact that they do promote an entirely backwards way of looking at rape prevention, is it still worth it if some women and girls are protected from rape and sexual attack by these devices?

These are not black-and-white issues. On a personal level, I strongly believe that it is not women’s and girls’ responsibility to not get raped. It should not be on our shoulders to take precautions to minimize our chances of being raped or assaulted, it is not women’s and girls’ fault if that does happen, and no amount of covering clothing, curfews, pepper spray, electric shock lingerie or condoms with teeth will prevent rape from happening as long as there are people who continue to choose to rape. Women and girls get raped despite their age, their race, what they are wearing, sober and drunk, in day light and at night time, by friends, relatives and strangers. We could be wearing a bra that has a machine gun built into it, and that wouldn’t stop rape and sexual assault as long as violence against women continues to be as broadly accepted and prevalent as it is in South Africa, India, and many other countries around the world.

However, I don’t know that it is like to live in constant fear of violence and assault. If I did, maybe I would choose to arm my body with every device that there is to make sure that I never become a victim, or that I never become a victim again if something has already happened to me. I wish no woman and girl ever had to do that, and I hope some day we will see a world where the responsibility of not being raped is not placed on women and girls any more. I wish to see a world where rape prevention becomes obsolete, because rape becomes obsolete. Unfortunately, we are still a long way from such world – so until then, are these kinds of measures justified? I really don’t know.

What do you think?

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    Rajiv

    Dear Emma,

    Thanks for responding. I agree, as you rightly pointed out that the issue stems from lack of respect towards women and girls. In societies with a patriarchal bent of mind, such as in India, this attitude is more apparent.

    I beg to differ slightly to your point that “such behavior is committed by both men and women” because there’s a finer difference between a man’s and a woman’s traits. A man gets into love to get sex whereas a woman gets into sex to get love, so both have different goals and different ways of achieving this. So, the question is which is legitimate and ethical – the answer is both are legitimate but a man’s means of achieving it are un-ethical, ulterior and illegitimate and so is his end objective (that is to use her and throw her after enjoying her body). On the other hand, a woman’s desire to get love is perfectly legitimate and also ethical and she doesn’t adopt any foul means or cheats a man by enticing him to believe that she loves him with a prior plan in her mind to dump him one day after using him, so her end-objective is ethical and criminal and so is her need that is – love.

    A man’s desire to get sex is not un-ethical because it’s his biological need but the means used by him are certainly un-ethical, criminal, fraudulent, criminal and therefore grossly un-acceptable. A man promising the world to a woman, pretends to love her and thus entices her to submit to his desires (in the hope that the man is true to her, loves her and under the bona fide belief that the promises made by the man to her are true which he would fulfill) whereas, in many cases, man’s intention, RIGHT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, is not to live with her for long or to marry her because it’s not love but a selfish motive.

    The man is, in such instances, very clear in his mind that after using the woman (till the time he finds her attractive and usable) he’s going to dump her and he actually does so by cleverly coining some excuse and by misleading her, which once again the woman believes in her innocence or in good faith. But the hard fact is that she is (and was being) actually cheated. The man knew it from the start that she was there only to be used by him and then dumped one day when she’s found to be of no use. If the man asked a woman for sex by making it clear to the woman, before indulging in sexual intercourse with her, that his motive of having sex with her was only to use her and he would continue to use her and had no intention of marrying her or that he doesn’t love her, I’m sure that NO WOMAN IN THE WORLD WILL EVER ALLOW HIM TO USE HER BODY TO BE THROWN LATER LIKE A CHEWING GUM WHEN HE DOESN’T FIND HER ATTRACTIVE, which is why a man lies because he has to satisfy his biological needs and he knows that no woman will ever allow him to use her if he did not lie to her. THIS IS THE HARD REALITY AND NOTHING BUT TRUTH– whether you believe it or not.
    Remember, in matters of relationship between man and woman, a MAN THINKS WITH HIS MIND BUT (MOST OFTEN) A WOMAN THINKS WITH HER HEART.

    The other side of the story is that a woman wants to be loved and cared and sex is the last thing on her mind. For her, the most important thing is love and not sex. She’s not sex-hungry like a man hence she has no motive to cheat a man. She may have some selfish interest such as falling for a rich man or a handsome guy, a man with good sense-of-humor etc but these are only the positive qualities that she’s trying to find in a man and there’s nothing wrong in it. A man also looks for qualities such as a well-shaped, well-groomed, beautiful, well-spoken, confident woman etc. What needs to be seen is that a woman does not ENTICE a man TO USE HIM AND THEN TO DUMP HIM ONE DAY AFTER HE’S NO LONGER OF USE TO HER, because a woman has no such motive. And if there’re cases where a woman has used men, these could be counted on fingers and may be seen only as a few exceptions or stray incidents, not as a rule.
    Which is why I tend to disagree that “such behavior is committed by both men and women” as you stated.

    I also disagree that in such cases, the word “rape” is not the right word. What needs to be seen here is that in actual rape (the one that we know of it or conventional rape) the woman is shattered right after the rape is committed – physically and mentally whereas in “consensual rape”, as I call it, – in which a man fraudulently obtains her consent by making false promises, showing false love and uses the woman – the woman is left shattered after she’s dumped. So, you see the end result is the same. It’s the woman who suffers In conventional rapes immediately after rape is committed, in “consensual” rapes, after a few months or years – as per the situation.

    In both the rapes, as above, women are used and thrown-off after using them – like tissue papers. Both leave deep scars on her personality – physical and mental. Hence I don’t see any difference. Both are violent except that violence is more visible in conventional rapes but remains invisible in “consensual rapes” and is often deep-rooted and shakes the woman’s confidence and destroys her self-respect – which is a more severe form of violence. Further, many a times (even in conventional rapes), there need not be any physical “violence” as such, because the woman may submit to a rapist out of fear itself, when threatened with a deadly weapon etc, hence a rape need not necessarily be forceful and/or violent. There’re many examples.

    The key to addressing this is to make an effective network of girls and women and bring them together on one platform (most effective way to do it is – electronically or through Self-Help Groups). I am working on a software to help girls and women connect with each other and save themselves from this menace.

    In parallel, men should also be sensitized towards women by educating them to respect women and give-up their patriarchal and mediaeval mind-set. Being a man, my approach to this problem may annoy many men, but I will speak what is right and true.

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      Joshua Dent

      Rajiv, calling what you’ve described as rape is an insult to anyone who has genuinely been raped. You also seem to have some very sexist attitudes.

      “A man gets into love to get sex whereas a woman gets into sex to get love, so both have different goals and different ways of achieving this.”

      Stereotype much?

      “a man’s means of achieving it are un-ethical, ulterior and illegitimate and so is his end objective ”

      More stereotyping.

      “a woman’s desire to get love is perfectly legitimate and also ethical and she doesn’t adopt any foul means or cheats a man ”

      Women don’t do rotten things to get the mates they want? Is this biological or a stereotype?

      “A man’s desire to get sex is not un-ethical because it’s his biological need but the means used by him are certainly un-ethical, criminal, fraudulent, criminal and therefore grossly un-acceptable.”

      Men are hormone monsters and women have no biological desire for sex? The women who have used me for sex might disagree.

      “MAN THINKS WITH HIS MIND BUT (MOST OFTEN) A WOMAN THINKS WITH HER HEART.”

      Men are rational, women are emotional. Nice compliment for the ladies. I also thought men were hormone monsters, unable to control their urges. Doesn’t sound very rational.

      “The other side of the story is that a woman wants to be loved and cared and sex is the last thing on her mind. For her, the most important thing is love and not sex. ”

      If women have no biological desire for sex, why have some women asked me for casual sex? Childhood trauma no doubt.

      I’ll stop there but your post is full of these types of gems. You are wrong, you are very very wrong. Your stereotypes of both men and women are one dimensional and demeaning to both genders. I don’t know what type of men you’re associating with or what type of women you’re associating with but you may want to broaden your horizons. Maybe it’s just your area.

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        Rajiv

        Dear Joshua, Thanks for your comments. My observations are not focused upon any specific person or a group of persons but these are general observations, hence please do not take them personally. We know, all five fingers are not equal.

        Secondly, as I said, a larger number of women will conform to these facts and this issue, if encountered, but the issue is often pushed under the carpet so women generally don’t want to talk about it and rake-up those old hurtful memories and therefore generally prefer to avoid it. The information in my observations is evidenced based.

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        Joshua Dent

        I’m not taking anything personally, I’m trying to help you.

        “The information in my observations is evidenced based.”

        Produce the evidence.

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    Rajiv

    Hi Emma, I want to start a discussion here on another kind of rape. This kind of rape is committed very cleverly on a woman. In this kind of rape, a woman’s consent is obtained fraudulently by misleading her.
    In this kind of rape the man pretends to be in love with a woman and voluntarily makes false promises of marriage to her and asks for sexual intercourse. When the woman, believing the man and in good faith, gives her consent to sexual intercourse and submits to his desire she is then exploited for a long period of time (often running into several years) and then one day when she reminds the man to fulfill his promise of marrying her, the man then backs out and breaks his promise on one or the other pretext and leaves her in lurch, thinking what wrong did she do?
    The hard reality is that she is no-where at fault except that she failed to understand the nefarious and selfish desires of the man and that she failed to understand that she was being used and exploited, since beginning, only to be dumped one day. In this manner the man uses the woman like a chewing gum and throws her after satisfying his lust. No doubt that the woman herself gives her consent in this kind of relationship, but what needs to be seen is that the consent was obtained fraudulently, with a mala fide intention and with criminal intent. Unfortunately, this is happening everywhere, every time and even by the most respected persons in our societies. If you talk to people or take up this subject on your blog or on Girlsglobe, you will find many responses confirming this. Will you please take this up on your portal?
    No just that, the same man who is exploiting a woman is seen often engaged in multiple relationships with several women at the same time and similarly exploiting all of those women at the same time. The man is many a times married with children yet he’s engaged in such relationships and he succeeds because the woman trusts him and she has no way to find out about her man’s intentions. Unfortunately, such cases do not even come to anyone’s notice as the women do not like to share their failed relationships with others thinking this to be their own private business. What would you say about this?

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      Rajiv

      Hi Emma, Will you please respond to my post? Thanks.
      Rajiv.

      • Emma Saloranta
        Emma Saloranta

        Dear Rajiv,
        Thank you for visiting Girls’ Globe and sharing your thoughts and comments with us! Apologies for the delay in responding – we always aim to respond to every comment we get, but sometimes it can take us a few days or up to a week to get to them.

        I think you raise an important issue in your comment, which essentially stems from lack of respect towards women and girls. Sadly, this kind of behavior is probably common around the world and across cultures – but at the same time, it is also important to keep in mind that such behavior is committed by both men and women. I also think we must remain cautious with the use of the word “rape”. Rape is always done against a woman’s will – it is often forceful, violent, and about power and control over women and girls. It is about fundamental respect for women’s rights, security and privacy – and while the kind of behavior you describe is absolutely wrong and harmful, I do not think it constitutes rape per se. I have been hurt by men many times, and mislead and lied to – but I don’t consider those as cases of “rape”, or violence against me. Were they hurtful, wrong and damaging experiences? Yes. But I think they key to addressing this kind of behavior is in what we at Girls’ Globe aim to do, which is to elevate the status and value of women and girls around the world and educate people about the fact that women and girls should be valued as equals with men and boys. I think reaching this equality and respect for women and girls will also lead to decreased rates of violence against them, less acceptance towards violence against women and girls – and less of the kind of hurtful behavior towards women and girls as you described in your comment.

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    Hi, I am from India and I believe in equality of all kinds, and within that context, I consider myself a feminist. But I have a question.
    Recently, after a spate of horrible sexual assaults in my country, I shared the number of three shops that stocked pepper sprays on my facebook page, since this item is very hard to find in the regular market in India (unlike other countries).
    Some friends who are feminists were very offended by this. I guess they thought it was pro rape culture and victm-blaming. Had I said, “if you don’t carry a pepper spray,IT IS YOUR FAULT”, it would have been. But I didn’t say that, nor do I think that it is EVER a woman’s fault. However, I myself can’t change the mindset of men. In India, patriarchy and sexism is rampant and acceptable. [I face sexism in my work-place everyday.]
    Moreover, getting molested, followed, leered at, is very common for women, especially those who travel by public transport or work late or live alone. I did NOT say in my post that women shouldn’t travel on public transport, or work late, or live alone. I do all of those things and will continue to do so. But, I will also carry my pepper spray. It HELPS me be independent. I feel less worried when I get followed, or when I walk down a dark road at night. It gives me freedom.
    If I suggest pepper sprays, but don’t say, or mean, “if you don’t IT’S YOUR FAULT”, how is the complicit of the victim-blaming culture? Isn’t that like putting words in my mouth? How is suggesting a self-defence item make me complicit with the victim-blaming culture if I DON’T BLAME THE VICTIM. It just doesn’t seem logical or fair, unless taking misconstruing someone’s words to fit your agenda is fair. Of course the onus is on the government to create public awareness campaigns, infuse fair and ethical treatment of women part of education, law enforcement and the judiciary to book and mete out justice to perpetrators of sexual crimes, men to treat women with respect and not commit sexual crimes, and the general public to not be sexist, and to raise their children to understand and believe in equality.
    But until that happens, I thought I’d help my friends and sisters be secure (or feel secure – I don’t know the statistics about how useful the pepper spray is against an attempt of sexual assault ) by suggesting a simple device that you can keep in your purse. [FYI this is only in regard to sexual assault from strangers. A lot of sexual assaults are carried out my friends, family members, and that is a different conversation.]
    To reiterate, I do understand and recognise rape culture and victim-blaming: “Why was she dressed like that?” “Why was she out at that time of the night?”, and having understood what that sounds like, I think it is time we drew a line between slut-shaming, victim-blaming, rape culture and plain old practicality and common sense. If I said “If you don’t carry a pepper spray, it’s your fault if you get raped”, that would be victim-blaming. But I didn’t, I said “Here’s where you can buy pepper sprays.”
    I felt like arm-chair feminism was trying to gag rationality (purely in this context).

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    Christopher Garrison

    So we shouldn’t protect women because it’s accusatory? We should focus on “telling men not to rape”?

    This is the most ignorant, backwards logic. I assume you think that men who rape were just never told it was wrong.

    You know what, I’m not going to wear a metal plate when I go to war, I’m going to tell the enemy they’re wrong.

    This sort of stuff is why ~20% of America won’t associate with feminists when >80% of Americans are for (classically) feminist goals.

    If you’re going to criticize something, leave your agenda out of it. This is outright moronic. I literally cannot understand how stupid someone has to be to say that prevention isn’t a global responsibility, regardless of gender, victimization, or position.

    • Emma Saloranta
      Emma Saloranta

      Dear Christopher,
      Thank you fr your comment – I edited it slightly to ensure that it adheres to our Commenting Guidelines, given that our audience consists of girls, boys, men and women from around the world and of different ages. We encourage dialogue and discussion – as well as debate – but ask that our readers engage in it in a respectful manner, using appropriate language.

      That being said, I do respect your opinion and your comment. As I noted in this particular piece, I do not believe these issues are black-and-white. Of course we should do whatever it takes to protect ourselves, to protect our daughters, our wives, our sisters, our aunts – but at the same time, these devices place the responsibility of not being raped on the woman or girl. No woman wants to wear a condom with teeth, or an electric shock underwear, and the fact that some women have to is absolutely appalling. Does that mean these women should not use these devices? No, not necessarily. If wearing these devices makes them feel safer, and does protect them, I think each individual woman is entitled to make decisions on their own about what measures to take to minimize the risk of rape and to feel safer. That, to me, is still not the end goal though – we want a world where NO woman or girl HAS TO wear an electric shock bra, or condom with teeth. That is what we have to strive for. And that requires a whole lot more than designing devices that make rape harder – it requires changing norms, and culture, and habits, and beliefs. It requires changes in how women and girls are perceived. Are these changes harder to accomplish, than it is to design a device that sends out electric shocks? Probably. Does that mean we should not aim for them, and nothing less? Absolutely not.

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    Joshua Dent

    “Personally, I think that instead of constantly coming up with new ways to tell women and girls how to not get raped, we should switch our focus on telling men to just not rape, and holding them accountable if they do – period. In the end, that is the only way to prevent rape in a sustainable way, and that is the only way that truly respects women and girls.”

    This is like saying that putting locks on your doors puts the responsibility for not getting robbed on the victim. While this may be technically true you do it anyway because it works. We don’t live in an ideal world and it’s a question of logistics. The point is to prevent rape and it’s not possible for me to follow every woman (and man) in the world around to protect them from rape. We already tell men not to rape, just like we tell people not to murder or rob. There will always be at least a few. I think these are attempts to address a serious problem in a practical way. Might the rapist kill you for causing them pain? Possibly, but then again they might kill you for fun even if you cause them no pain. If you had control over their actions they wouldn’t be committing a rape. It’s like being afraid to pick up a bat because hitting a home invader might make them kill you. My concern with these devices is that they are ultimately not an effective deterrent or a means of catching rapists. If they became commonplace the rapist would just check for and remove them.

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    joe

    Wow! I stumbled across this article. This is a tough and complicated issue to say the least. In some ways, I wish rapist would have contraptions like this to deter them from taking advantage of women. On the other hand, I can see the danger of aggravating the assailant with this type of contraption. I am not sure what a good solution is since this is a complex issue. I guess my question is, what about education the girls to look for signs of suspicious activity so they can avoid being put in a situation. Also Is there a way to possible educate the men, get them to see the precious value of women in culture and society? I know the degradation of women has occurred throughout history so it is an issue we will unfortunately always deal with. Of course, this comes from a limited viewpoint as I live in America and we usually place a high value on education, almost too high at times.My viewpoint is also through an American lens in which I do not know ALL the aspects of the culture and environment of places such as India or South Africa. As someone that feels called by God to combat human trafficking there is a shift in educating the people and especially the young girls to lookout for certain things.

    Also, I am impressed with the thoughtfulness of each reply. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to each one.

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    pradeep singh

    sorry guys if somebody hurt with my opinion ,,,now a days every body says that rape cases are increasing but actually they are not increasing ,,,,,instead they are bulging out with the help of police and media . if a girls is raped ,, then she or his family do not hesitate in reporting to the police ,,,i think this is the only practice by which these crimes are going to end ,,,,so i appreciate those people who come in front and do not hesitate in helping the victim .. only one solution i have –amend the constitution and write –the accused will be hang and no human rights will be applicable to the accused . IN this way population also decrease and many problems will also minimize …
    At the end i would like to say that i am thank full to the engineers who are thinking about these type of gadgets ….

    • Emma Saloranta
      Emma Saloranta

      Hello there, and welcome to Girls’ Globe!
      Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, it is very hard to get reliable statistics of numbers of rape around the world given the fact that only a fraction of them actually get reported – but it is still painfully clear that rape and sexual violence remain huge problems everywhere in the world.

      In terms of appropriate sentencing from rape, I agree that there is definitely need for much stricter laws and most importantly enforcement and implementation of those laws for sexual and rape crimes in many countries – but personally, I do not believe death penalty is the answer. However, that is a topic for a whole other blog post! Thank you again for visiting our blog and sharing your thoughts, and we hope to see you here again!

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    Raj Ashok

    (as long as violence against women continues to be as broadly accepted and prevalent as it is in South Africa, India,)
    Who told you that Rape is acceptable in India,or anywhere for that matter? It is a crime and deserves severe punishment. still rape happens as there are monsters in every society (and all genders) who indulge in crime. Murders also happens right? is it acceptable anywhere? writing some nonsense just for the sake of it!

    • Emma Saloranta
      Emma Saloranta

      Hi Raj! Thank you for visiting Girls Globe and thank you for your comment. I fully agree with you – rape is a severe crime, and should be condemned and punished accordingly. While this particular blog focused on South Africa and India mainly because these two devices – the electric shock bra and the condom – originated from those countries, fact is that rape and sexual assault continue to be broadly accepted around the world. By “accepted”, I mean that legislation, prosecution and police action towards such crimes, or societies’ attitudes towards sexual crimes in general, are not – in my own opinion – sufficient. While there most definitely are countries where rape and sexual assault tend to me more common than in others, I do believe this is a major issue all over the world, across both developing and developed countries. This particular article brought up South Africa and India as examples, but by no means did I mean to imply that this same issue doesn’t occur in many other countries as well. Thank you again for your comment, and I hope you continue to visit Girls Globe in the future.

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      I dnt know abt SA..bt i knw wat d article meant in India abt rapes.I wasnt raped bt i knw too well d attitude of ppl. If a guy stalks us, it s blamed on us. Sme1comments touches blamed on grls again.it s as if it is rite fr d guy to do anything btt wrong fr a grl even to wear wat she likes. I m clad in burkha top to bottom wen i go out. Tat dint stop stalkers. I dnt understand hw it wil stop rapes either.grls cn wear such things assuming tat tbey actually prevent rapes,bt who wil answer d brutal rape of 5 yr old ? I think as soon as a grl s born the devices shud b inserted rite?! It actuallyshows mentality here. It is said tat its better to die than get raped .u cn c tat in mvs novels real lives too… Blaming needs to b stopped!!

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        Rape can be stop not by wearing underwear or anything. In India specially in the North the culture is responsible for these acts. If we look at our home how do we treat our own women at home is responsible for the act. In Northern India women are treated very badly and there is no respect to even mothers specially in UP and Bihar. If we learn to treat our mothers and sisters properly then we can treat the women in the street with more respect. Hence I think it is more of culture. Be in South India women are respected and treated far better hence they have very low incident of rapes

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    Jasmine Bala

    Hi Emma,

    I agree with you on the impracticality of devices such as those mentioned above. Not only are they a short-term solution to rapes, they are also expensive and difficult to obtain by women living in the rural areas. While I appreciate the attempts of doctors and technicians worldwide to try and find solutions to a growing issue, I know this isn’t the kind of protection we should be aiming for. Thanks for a great read and welcome to the team of bloggers!

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      Hi. I am Sachin in India. And most important your sms

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      Emma Saloranta

      Hi panos48,

      Thank you for the reblog and encouraging words! We hope you continue to visit our site and enjoy great posts from our dedicated team of passionate and talented bloggers!

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    makalove

    I’ve had the conversation about the RapeX (now Rape aXe) dozens of times in the last five years or so since I first heard about it. I think its primary benefit is the fact that it might make rapists more likely to be caught.

    I’m going out on a limb, based on my own sexual assault experiences, conversations and assessment of my clients as a sexual assault victims’ advocate, and the data comparing PTSD/Rape Trauma Syndrome in victims of completed rapes vs. victims of “near-completed”/attempted rapes: whether the act is interrupted by a zap from the cattle prod built into your panties, the vagina dentata-inspired penis-biting condom, your roommate coming home, or a cop car driving by, being attacked and having a penis come that close to actually penetrating you is very nearly as traumatic, if not absolutely as traumatic, as a completed rape. The trauma responses are remarkably similar.

    These devices might prevent some of the physical sequelae of completed rape. I can’t help but wonder if more rapists would be likely to do more physical damage or even kill their victims, however, in the face of searing genital pain that they will obviously blame on the victim.

    • Emma Saloranta
      Emma Saloranta

      Hi Makalove, and thank you for your very insightful comment. I was thinking the same thing myself – whether these devices run the risk of aggravating the assailant even more, to the point where he might end up committing even worse of a crime than the attempted rape. On the other hand, with cases like the Delhi bus rape and the assault on a 17-year old girl in South Africa that also led to her death, would these devices possibly given these young women a chance of getting out of the situation alive? I don’t know. My gut tells me that this is not the right approach to preventing rape, and it is very educating and interesting to hear opinions from someone like yourself with first hand experience with victims and the subject matter. I would also be interested in knowing if there are any data or statistics about how many rapes devices like these have possible stopped or prevented – or, if there are cases where the device has actually led to aggravated violence by the perpetrator. Thank you again for your thoughtful inputs, I hope you continue to visit Girls Globe in the future as well and let us know your thoughts and opinions on future posts!

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