Anti-Rape Device Must Be Banned ....

Syxx

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Anti-Rape Device Must Be Banned ....

Hi All,

Sir K's recent posting about a million people with aids in the US, got me thinking about a recent developement in the fight against the massive amount of rapes leading to HIV / Aids in South Africa.

Anti-Rape Device Must Be Banned, Say Women
By Jonathan Clayton
Times Online UK

Wednesday 08 June 2005

Furious South African women have called for a controversial new anti-rape device, dubbed a "rat trap", to be banned by the Government.

The tampon-like device, invented by a woman, supposedly protects women from rapists by cutting into a man's penis.

It has sparked an impassioned debate over the high number of rapes committed each day in the country and the authorities' apparent failure to tackle the issue.

Activists are outraged and want to stop it going on sale alongside tampons in chemists and supermarkets next month.

Charlene Smith, a leading anti-rape campaigner, said: "This is a medieval instrument, based on male-hating notions and fundamentally misunderstands the nature of rape and violence against women in this society. It is vengeful, horrible, and disgusting. The woman who invented this needs help."

The device, which Sonette Ehlers, its inventor, has patented, is worn like a tampon but is hollow. In the event of a rape, she said that it would fold around the rapist's penis and attach itself with microscopic hooks. It is impossible to remove the clamped device without medical intervention.

"We have to do something to protect ourselves. While this will not prevent rape, it will help identify attackers and secure convictions," Ms Ehlers told the Johannesburg Star.

Women's groups disputed her claims, which have reopened a debate over violence against women in South Africa. The country has been called the rape capital of the world. Lisa Vetten, of the Centre of Violence and Reconciliation, said: "This is like going back to the days when women were forced to wear chastity belts. It is a terrifying thought that women are being made to adapt to rape."

The South African Law Commission recently estimated that 1.69 million women a year were raped in the country but that only 52,000 cases a year are reported. Other estimates put the rate even higher.

Ms Smith said: "More than 40 per cent of those raped are children and nationally more than 65 per cent are gang rapes. Whether this translates as a woman raped every 26 seconds or more is irrelevant. It is far too many and not enough is being done to tackle it. This is not a male-only problem, it is a societal problem."

The activist's views were echoed by Jenny Crwys-William, the host of a popular radio talk show, who described the device as a "profoundly disturbing" development that underlined how society was in danger of accepting rape as a reality of everyday life. "We need more police and more sensitive police responses to rape. When more rapists go behind bars, rape rates will go down," she told listeners.

Many callers criticised the Government for a "head in the sand" approach similar to its well-known reluctance to accept the gravity of the HIV/Aids epidemic in the country.

"This will increase the danger to women, who are already in great danger during a rape. The Government must not allow this to go on sale," one rape victim, who was stabbed twice during an attack, said.
Makes my eyes water just thinking about such a devise.

What do you think ..... good idea or bad ?

Regards
Syxx
 

5Ws

Banned
Ouch...
Well, that'll definitely stop the rapists alright.
On the other hand, if I was a girl, I wouldn't wear something like that, what if it malfunctions and you know, cuts into...
 

Syxx

Diabloii.Net Member
Hi

Picture this ....

Wifey going into town for the day, decides to put in her anti-rape "rat trap".
After a day in town, buying shoes or whatever, she returns home to hubby.
Wifey forgets to remove "rat trap".
Amourous hubby jumps wifey and get "clamped" !!!!

Ouch ....
Syxx
 

adamfgt78

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Tough call.

I don't buy the line that the usage of such device is eleviating the responsiblity of the gov't to crack down on rapes. That is like saying that self defense tools(mace, etc) are undermining the motivation for the police to protect the citizenry from assault. Protecting yourself isn't the same as being forced to accept the situation.

On the other hand, I wonder if they will put the women in even more danger. If the assailant finds that such a device has been used he might feel further inclined to beat the women or even kill her.
 

nrabbit

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its kind of a good idea but i don't think it will succeed. as syxx said you may forget that you have that thing inside.
 

rikstaker

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kinda scary imo,you are right what if they forget to take it off when with guys like us :scared:

Rik
 

KnightFall

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Draconis said:
I actually can't think of a better way to ensure that more rapists kill their victims.
Totally agree...

What a horrible invention. *shudders*

I think it should be banned yes.

KnightFall
 

Anakha1

Banned
So this device is bad yet having everyone carry a gun to shoot the rapist is ok? Weird.

Mutilation in defence bad. Execution in defence good. If you're gonna hurt him at all you have to kill him. Gotcha.
 

rikstaker

Diabloii.Net Member
Anakha1 said:
So this device is bad yet having everyone carry a gun to shoot the rapist is ok? Weird.

Mutilation in defence bad. Execution in defence good. If you're gonna hurt him at all you have to kill him. Gotcha.
Rapists dont deserve to live anyways.

Rik
 

DaviddeJong

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The thing is that if a girl shoots her assailant; nothing happened, yet. If that "device" has to save her, the girl probably wouldn't walk away with at least some psychological "damage".

I'm not saying girls should kill them in self-defence, but maybe shooting him in a "vulnerable" area will work.

David.
 

Anakha1

Banned
rikstaker said:
Rapists dont deserve to live anyways.

Rik
You don't get to make that call. And that wasn't my point. Why are people so upset about a mutilating defence device but not about killing the attacker?

David, you're saying that killing someone doesn't leave any psychological damage? Hoo-boy, is that ever wrong.
 

DaviddeJong

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Anakha1 said:
You don't get to make that call. And that wasn't my point. Why are people so upset about a mutilating defence device but not about killing the attacker?

David, you're saying that killing someone doesn't leave any psychological damage? Hoo-boy, is that ever wrong.
I'm not in favour of killing them, but that device simply doesn't prevent anything....

David.

EDIT: KF, I don't think a lot of the South-African rapists go to prison. (Might be a wrong impression I have of the police and judges over there..... dunno.)
 

Keldaris

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I can see a major flaw in this idea.......if I, In Canada, have heard about this....Then what are the odds that People in south Africa have heard about it too?, especially since their the ones using it!! Now if a rapist knows that his penis might be mutilated, He would probably check the vagina first. The article says that it is worn like a tampon, now being male i'm just guessing here,and aren't tampons are fairly easy to remove. IMO it would really only work for a short time till people caught on. Best to ban it because it would be easier to check/remove it from a dead/unconcious female.
 
Anakha1 said:
So this device is bad yet having everyone carry a gun to shoot the rapist is ok? Weird.

Mutilation in defence bad. Execution in defence good. If you're gonna hurt him at all you have to kill him. Gotcha.
that is a very good point. Som countries do seem to accept shooting in defence (even if your life isnt in direct danger, such as rapings) but something like this is way of out line?
Personally, i think neither is acceptable, but i guess women may have a different view.
 
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