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A while back I blogged about a rape-defense product conceptI had encountered while surfing the web. I received some pretty strong responses (both here and at my personal website ) from women, all in agreement that they would not even consider using the device depicted. The primary concerns seemed to be 1.) The device would malfunction and actually harm the wearer and 2.) the rapist, incensed over his injury, would do more physical harm than originally intended.

This past weekend, I came across a similarly-themed product, called RapeX. Whereas the [Link Removed] indicates that it would be available worldwide by 2006, wherever standard condoms are sold. Personally, it's been quite some time since I have shopped for condoms, so I can't say for certain if my local drugstore carries this or not.

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The concept of the RapeX condom is simple enough: a woman inserts it (with an included applicator, much like a tampon) whenever she feels she may need this sort of protection. Although she experiences no discomfort or danger from its use, the product will attach itself (by way of the plastic barbs inside the latex sheath) to any male penetration, causing enough discomfort (but no permanent injury) to the rapist, allowing the woman a chance to get away. The man would need to seek medical assistance to have the device removed properly.

[Link Removed] indicate that there has been quite a bit of controversy over this product, including the concern that women will use it to "frame" a man. The creators indicate that while any product has the potential for abuse, the necessity for such an extreme form of intimate defense greatly outweighs the chances of potential abuse.

This product was developed in a part of the world that [Link Removed] in the United States.

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