According to Human Rights Watch, South Africa has one of the highest rape rates in the entire world. That’s why Dr. Sonnet Ehlers decided to do something about it.
Forty years ago, when Dr. Ehlers was only 20-years-old, a rape victim walked into her office. It was a day she’ll never forget.
“She looked at me and said, ‘If only I had teeth down there,'” said Ehlers. “I promised her I’d do something to help people like her one day.”
The anti-rape device is called Rape-aXe, which looks very similar to a condom.
Here’s how it works: a woman inserts Rape-aXe into her vagina just like a tampon. The latex condom features rows of jagged teeth that attach to a man’s penis after penetration.
Once the device is latched on, the only way to get it off is to have a doctor remove it.
Dr. Ehlers hopes that Rape-aXe will assist authorities in bringing rapists to justice in South Africa.
“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.”