This company aims to create anti-rape clothing …..

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According to the website REAL MEN HATE RAPE:

It is estimated that over 40% of South African women will be raped in their lifetime and that only 1 in 9 rapes are reported.   It is also estimated that 14% of perpetrators of rape are convicted in South Africa.  In 1997, violence against women was added as one of the priority crimes under the National Crime Prevention Strategy; nevertheless, the rates of reported rape, sexual abuse of children and domestic violence continue to rise.

INDIEGOGO has come up with a plan to prototype an undergarment that fits safely and tighter on the user, making it challenging/difficult to get the underwear off, and with this delay hoping that the rapist is frustrated enough to decide not to rape.

I can’t quite get my head around whether it is such a brilliant idea or whether it starts to remind me of the chastity belt circa the middle ages, and is just not an idea that can not realistically move past the prototype stage.

The company designed the underwear with specific locks that keep it safely and tightly on the user and make it difficult for a stranger to forcibly remove it.

The “skeleton structure,” as the company’s video describes, functions on certain parts of the garment to add protection by making those parts harder to move.

A set of so-called thigh locks make it so that the material over the leg openings are difficult to move after the user snaps them in place. The center of the underwear’s waistband also contains a lock which only opens when a wearer sets two notches to a specific position, like the hands of a clock. Each pair of underwear is assigned a position out of up to 132 different combinations.

Read more about their prototype, the funding they have received and how they are progressing >>>>> 

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I can’t disagree that anything that may stop a rape would not be a good idea.

With the statistics we deal with in South Africa regarding the high probability of a woman/girl/baby being raped anything that can curb this should be lauded, researched and given as much support as is possible.

With a likely retail price of more than 50 US Dollars, makes this a product that will be out of the price reach of the bulk of the South African population.  Our issues are that girls miss at least three days of school a month, as they do not have money to buy tampons/sanitary pads — so when you look at that as a base problem, buying these clever, but out of reach knickers is probably not a workable solution here in South Africa.

I am not sure if anyone has heard of or remembers Rape-aXe : The Anti Rape Condom, invented by Sonnet Ehler.

Ehlers was motivated to create it while working as a blood technician with the South African Blood Transfusion Service, during which time she met many rape victims. Ehler mentioned that she was inspired to create RAPEX (later renamed to Rape-aXe) when a patient who had been raped stated, “If only I had teeth down there,” ………

My second favourite criticism comes from Victoria Kaija, from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Uganda. She refers to my invention as a form of ‘enslavement’.

Apparently wearing the device, according to Victoria, is a constant reminder, to women, of their vulnerability. My aim with the device is to empower women and promote gender equality.

If men can use their bodies – their manhood, as a weapon of attack – well then it’s time for women to do the same!

The fear and vulnerability that I saw in the tear-filled eyes of a rape victim is what drove me to begin my action against rape. “If only I had teeth down there,” were the words of this victim, and that was the prompt towards the development of Rape-aXe.

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Anyone got any other ideas how to stop/curb/reduce the rape epidemic we face?

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4 Comments

  1. Sarah

     /  December 12, 2013

    What next in SA, anti-rape nappies!? Makes me sick to my stomach.

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  2. The real solution is for men to just stop and until they do, all these other measures will be just bandaids.

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  3. The Blessed Barrenness

     /  December 11, 2013

    Is this for real?
    My personal take…. this is a bandaid to a problem, it will not solve it and it screams RAPE CULTURE!

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  4. Ursula

     /  December 11, 2013

    It is a chastity belt. And how long before women who was not wearing it and got raped are blamed for not wearing it? As South Africans we should stand together to make sure that men understand that it will no longer be tolerated. They must know that they will be spending a long, long time in an overcrowded jail cell if they are even suspected of committing any form of sexual offense.

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