Rape Axe – Putting the Teeth in Rape Prevention

I have to give Sonnet Ehlers props for creativity. I hope this device becomes a great deterrent to rape.

BOSTON — Sonnet Ehlers looked into the eyes of the rape victim and saw nothing.

“Her eyes looked like marbles, totally dead,” said Ehlers, who was working as a medical researcher at Kimberley Hospital in the Northern Cape of South Africa when a 20-year-old South African woman was being treated for rape injuries.

But Ehlers remembers clearly one sentence the young woman uttered: “If only I had teeth down there.”

South African Ehlers made a promise to herself to “do something about this.” Forty years later, the result is the Rape-aXe, an anti-rape device with “teeth.”

Rape-aXe is a flexible polyurethane condom-like tube that fits into the woman’s body. Rows of jagged plastic hooks line the inside of the tube — bent backward like teeth in a shark’s mouth — and lodge in a perpetrator’s penis upon entry. The perpetrator can withdraw from the woman, but the Rape-aXe remains clamped on. Trying to pull it off will cause discomfort.

Though the device causes great distress, it does not draw blood, Ehlers says, which is crucial in areas where HIV/AIDS rates are high. A man must seek medical attention to have the Rape-aXe removed. Until then, he cannot urinate, essentially tagging him until he gets to a hospital, she explains. Ehlers says she consulted an engineer, gynecologist and psychologist on the design.


In South Africa, which has been dubbed the rape capital of the world, women are begging for access to the device, Ehlers says. A 2006 Interpol study found that a woman is raped every 17 seconds in South Africa. A separate study found that of more than 20,000 reports of rape across South Africa, only 8 percent led to a conviction, according to a 2009 Amnesty International report.

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12 Responses to Rape Axe – Putting the Teeth in Rape Prevention

  1. Tony says:

    This sounds like a beautiful device that has been created to deter some perverts. This device also tells of a sad reality because no women should feel the need to wear a device like this.

    Sage Reply:

    It IS really sad that women have to resort to things like this.

  2. AliSilver says:

    OMG ! Wow…….
    Now if you are a woman, you have to just wear this thing all day every day or what? That might get tedious, but I’d have to think the payoff might be worth it.
    Sage, can you find out how to re visit this topic down the road and see if men are going in to hospitals with it on and what the outcome is at that point? I’d like to see him come up with an excuse OTHER than rape for why he’s got that thing biting him !

    Sage Reply:

    I’ll make a note to myself to follow up in a couple of weeks.

  3. Tony says:

    Yeah, I would love to see a follow up also Sage, to see if some guys are showing up with it on.

    Sage Reply:

    I’ll try to find info. If I forget, I hope you and AliSilver will remind me. I did make a note of it though.

  4. Wizcon says:

    Great way to really piss off a violent man. Not that I don’t like the idea of this contraption.

    Sage Reply:

    And that is definitely a concern. I wonder how many rapes in South Africa end in murder as it is? I’ve been looking but haven’t found the stats yet.

    From the article:

    Women already have been arming themselves with homemade defenses — a razor blade hidden in a vaginal sponge or razor blades glued to the inside of a plastic cap that is worn in the vagina.

    Wizcon Reply:

    @Sage, Dang!

    Sage Reply:

    Really. It sounds dangerous to be using razor blades in a vaginal sponge. OUCH

    AliSilver Reply:

    @Wizcon, Yea, but we’ve all seen guys when they get a good RACKING, they are completely incapacitated. So hopefully this will be a similar thing where they can’t murder or even STAND up before getting it taken off ! :) I hope !

  5. AliSilver says:

    And AMERICA, the home of the brave will not consider using such a thing to deter rapes here because of the rapists’ rights and cruel and unusual punishment and the ACLU and the presumption of innocence……. bla bla bla!

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