While the incidence of rape is extremely high in South Africa, it is not an exception. Somewhere in the United States of America a woman is raped every 98 seconds. The United Nations recognizes that sexual violence is a severely underreported crime and that similar statistics can be found globally. As rape statistics climb to staggering rates and victims continue to be overlooked by justice systems around the world, a radical response to sexual violence is needed.
It was a patient who prompted me to pursue such a response early in my career. Late one night in 1969, I was tending to a woman who had just survived an attack when she left me with words I would never forget.
Shaking in terror with tears running down her face, she said:
“If only I had teeth down there.”
I pledged to her that one day, I would do something to help others in her situation. Now several decades later, I intend to fulfill this promise by transforming her idea into a device designed to give women a stronger chance at escaping sexual assault and bring their attackers to justice.
Link to the Rape-aXe website and FAQ page
Rape-aXe (RX) is a revolutionary and patented device which aids the battle against sexual violence. It works towards the prevention of rape and subsequent identification of the assailant.
It is the only device of its kind.
The RX system consists of a condom-like elastic sheath which contains razor-sharp barbs. The woman inserts the single use device into her vagina like a tampon. The presence of Rape-aXe is not apparent externally and there is no discomfort for the woman while it is worn. It cannot cause injury to the woman. The RX can be removed by the woman when she feels it is no longer necessary to be worn as a protective device.
Take Back the Power
When an attacker penetrates the vagina he enters the Rape-aXe device. Upon his first withdrawal, the barbs attach themselves onto the skin of the penis and the rapist pulls the RX device out of the vagina.
The rapist is almost fully incapacitated by the pain caused by the embedded barbs. This has been described “as if the penis had been caught in a zipper” and the relaxing penis will drive the barbs deeper into the attacker’s flesh.
The victim can use the surprise effect and the time to escape/fight back. Thereby taking back the power which has been taken away.
The device cannot be removed by the attacker, but can only be removed by a clinician; this results in the positive identification of the attacker and can aid in his subsequent arrest and conviction. The removed device can be used to match the DNA of the attacker and victim in court.
Attempting to pull off the device will drive the hooks further into the attacker. If the rapist seeks medical help immediately, no harm is done to his penis. However, the victim has an opportunity in the moment to defend herself and take back her power.
We Need Your Help
We have conducted multiple rounds of development with prototype tooling and we have created functioning samples for customer evaluation and testing. Now, improvements need to be implement before Rape-aXe can be made available to the general public.
Currently evaluation of new materials and manufacturing technology which will make Rape-aXe safer, more comfortable and more effective for women is underway. This requires investment in new tooling and testing, at a significant cost that we are unable to meet on our own.
Initially, your help is needed to raise USD $310,000 for the new molds, testing of the equipment and manufacturing costs. Once the necessary funding is secured, Rape-aXe will then undergo a pilot production and manufacture parts for clinical evaluations.
I’ve asked my partner and the designer of RX, Vince Leskowich, to set up and manage this GFM campaign on my behalf, to help raise the necessary funds that we desperately need. Vince is responsible for the purchase of tooling, equipment and establishing the pilot production.
You can help to make this innovative technology a reality. You can provide assistance to women affected by sexual violence, and we are confident that Rape-aXe will make a difference.
You can empower women around the world to fight back and bring their attackers to justice—which sadly, so very few victims are ever able to do.
Your generous donations, will enable us to bring our product to market as soon as possible at an affordable price to all women.
We are immensely grateful for any financial assistance you are able to contribute toward this cause. Even if you are unable to offer a donation, you can help us by using social media to spread the word about our campaign. Every little bit counts!
Thank you in advance for supporting the millions of women and girls around the world who are so tragically affected by sexual violence.
For more detailed information please visit us at www.rape-axe.com