It’s not quite atomic dogs (that damn dog makes me cry every time) or car-harpoons, but a Doctor in South Africa is now producing an insertable dentata.
The Rape-aXe has actually been around since 2007, but its inventor, Dr Sonette Ehlers wants to distribute 30,000 of the devices to women in South Africa prior to the World Cup. All joking about Snow Crash aside, statistics show that a woman is raped every 26 seconds in South Africa. In fact, South Africa has the highest incidence of reported rapes in the world. According to a recent survey, 1 in 4 men admitted to having raped someone at least once and 1 in 10 men reported having been raped. This is also in a country where AIDS or HIV infection has reached as high as 11%.
How does it work? Well, according to the Rape-aXe website:
The Rape-aXe system consists of a latex sheath, which contains razor-sharp barbs. The device is worn in her vagina like a tampon. When the attacker attempts vaginal penetration the barbs attach themselves to the penis, causing great discomfort. The device must be surgically removed, which will result in the positive identification of the attacker and subsequent arrest.
There is a video that goes with that:
While the device is controversial, to say the least; the idea of anyone having to live in an environment of violence that might make lining your vagina with spikes a logical course of action is nauseating.