Rape has become endemic in South Africa, so a medical technician named Sonette Ehlers developed a product that immediately gathered national attention there. Ehlers had never forgotten a rape victim telling her forlornly, “If only I had teeth down there.”
Some time afterward, a man came into the hospital where Ehlers works in excruciating pain because his penis was stuck in his pants zipper.
Ehlers merged those images and came up with a product she called Rapex. It resembles a tube, with barbs inside. The woman inserts it like a tampon, with an applicator, and any man who tries to rape the woman impales himself on the barbs and must go to an emergency room to have the Rapex removed.
When critics complained that it was a medieval punishment, Ehlers replied tersely, “A medieval device for a medieval deed.”
- Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof
Can we talk about how beautifully this turns rape culture on its head? Instead of “If they weren’t dressed like that they wouldn’t have been raped” THIS IS LITERALLY “IF THEY HADN’T TRIED TO RAPE SOMEONE THEY WOULDN’T HAVE SPIKES IN THEIR DICK”
My heart goes to the children and parents, the victims of #JIS sexual abuse tragedy. Children are to be loved, to be cherished and protected. Every child is innocent, it is our responsibility to protect them as they are not yet able to protect themselves. #stopchildabuse
Here are a few websites we can visit to learn on how to prevent child sexual abuse:
"Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun, not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul." -Dave Pelzer
H O W ?!
I keep trying to think of a good comment for this but I’m speechless, really.
there are no words
When I was a kid, no matter how hard I tried to do this, it wouldn’t work. Maybe I just wasn’t using the right glass cup :I
why is it that were always told not to get tattoos at a young age because we “will regret it later on” when we are basically told to choose a career path by age 18? i’d rather be 40 years old with a tattoo that meant something to me when i was young than be 40 years old not wanting to get out of bed to go to a job that i hate because i was forced to decide on a career in my teens