Before the World Cup, there was much talk about how South Africa would handle all the tourists coming down there, especially considering the high rate of crime, violence and rape in the country. According to a [fairly outdated] survey compiled by the United Nations, "South Africa was ranked first for rapes per capita. One in three of the four-thousand women questioned by the Community of Information, Empowerment and Transparency said they had been raped in the past year. More than twenty-five percent of South African men questioned in a survey published by the Medical Research Council (MRC) in June 2009 admitted to raping someone; of those, nearly half said they had raped more than one person." With statistic like these, it is no wonder that South Africa worried about the effect these things would have on tourism during the world cup.
Then came South African Dr Sonnette Ehlers. For over forty-years she has been working on the Rape-aXe. A female condom that has 'teeth' that lock onto a man's penis during penetration. Dr Ehlers is giving out thirty-thousand of these during the World Cup, hoping it will make women feel safer and that men will be less likely to rape. She said she had spoken to convicted rapist and some (not all!) had said they would have reconsidered the attack if they knew of consequences as painful as Rape-aXe. But what happens to the man, exactly? "It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it's on," she said. "If he tries to remove it, it will clasp even tighter... however, it doesn't break the skin, and there's no danger of fluid exposure."
In theory, this is probably a major break-through. So many women get raped, so few men get caught. Rape-aXe would guarantee them getting caught, as the device has to be surgically removed from the penis by a doctor. However, if a girl is wearing one, does that not mean she anticipates rape? And maybe, psychologically, that's near as bad as getting raped. And even if a girl is wearing Rape-aXe, it doesn't prevent her from getting raped and psychological trauma could still be suffered. What the Rape-aXe does do, is prevent unwanted pregnancies and/or diseases from being spread from such a horrible attack. Whether it'll solve anything else... I'm sadly skeptical.