Rape-aXe - The anti-rape device

$3,614 of $310,000 goal

Raised by 163 people in 22 months
My name is Sonnet Ehlers/Bryant. I have worked as a blood technician and medical researcher since 1967 in South Africa, where, according to one study based in the Gauteng province, 1 in 4 women have been raped in their lifetime. Crime statistics released by the South African Police Service in 2013 suggest that rape is grossly underreported. For decades, I have witnessed the reality of these grim statistics first-hand while treating survivors of this unspeakable act.

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.  


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Link to the Rape-aXe website  and FAQ page
www.rape-axe.com

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.    


www.rape-axe.com

                                         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.

Upon satisfactory completion of the user evaluations, there will be a second round of fundraising required to pay for the costs associated with product registration and to increase our production capacity to meet the growing demand for this product.

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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


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Just wanted to send a short note to say a deepest heartfelt "Thank You" to all of our supporters. Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to create samples that were sent out to women for user trials. Volunteers wore the RX for 8 to12 hour time periods, while conducting their normal daily activities. Feedback from our volunteers was very positive. None of them had any discomfort or pain during the trial and the RX stayed comfortably in place during activities like walking, biking, standing , sitting and using the restroom. Thanks for your continued support.
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Michael R. Vincent
3 months ago
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One of these days a person will fund it.

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Madhurie Singh
7 months ago
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Brilliant solution. When you are ready with the product please feel free to connect with me for distribution in India. Our rapists can test your product too.

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Rick Justin
11 months ago
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I'm surprised at the ignorance of the commenter who said this might not be a good idea because it could enrage the rapist, and put the victim in even more danger. It doesn't seem like you have any understanding of the epidemic there or of rape in general. Many of these women end up murdered, and/or brutally beaten. I think this is a great step in the right direction and hopefully it will save some lives someday. I'm thankful for the good people we have in the world like Dr. Ehlers.

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Skye Bennett
13 months ago
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This is a brilliant idea, in theory. As long as this product doesn't harm the victim, and the rapist will live to suffer their consequences. Another product you could consider making is a RapeaXe you could insert inside the anus. However, I have questions. I was thinking that this product could potentially be used by cruel women to set up innocent men. Also, if this product gained attention and popularity, and rapists learned to be aware of the RapeaXe on the market, what would stop them from inserting their fingers inside the vagina first to check that the victim isn't wearing one? I still think this product is a good idea, but that just might be something else to consider when developing the RapeaXe.

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Roshan Jamshidi
10 months ago

Skye all if them immediately do it tú eh don't think of it

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Michael L. Wells III
15 months ago

I actually fear as this grows in popularity it will not be as effective. I believe in killing the rapist, to be honest, but we have to realize that rape is a forceful event. Once this because the product of choice in defense against rape, it will become a product of null defense as rapists will demand the woman remove it just as he demands her to open her legs. But that's not all, I would like to see some studies on this, where it has worked before I donate because my immediate response is, during an adrenaline fueled rage, this could actually harm a woman more than defend her. What is to prevent the rapist from not firing his weapon he's aiming at the woman or knocking her over the head with a brick or lamp in retaliation? This is not like a debilitating kick in the groin, it is a stick that is initially painful and then goes away. No, I don't want to test it :P What I'm saying is, as bad as rape may be, this could lead to a murder, not unless those barbs are filled with some sort of fast acting tranquilizer.

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Vince Leskowich
17 months ago

Roberto, Gracias por su comentario e interés en RX. Adición de un fármaco se ha propuesto muchas veces antes. Si cualquier tipo de droga se añade al dispositivo, se cambia la clasificación reguladora del dispositivo y no estarían fácilmente disponible para la venta como un tampón. Queremos hacerlo disponible a tantas mujeres como sea posible, tan rápido como sea posible. Siempre podemos mirar nuevos y mejorados dispositivos una vez que el producto inicial es lanzado con éxito. Por favor apoyarnos con una donación para ayudarnos a conseguirlo en el mercado!

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Roberto Solís Sánchez
17 months ago

Estaría bien agregarle algún tranquilizante o paralizante, para así evitar que la víctima sufra algún ataque por el agresor, en su intento frustrado

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Sonnet Ehlers
22 months ago

Thank you Audrey Schmidt.

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Sonnet Ehlers
22 months ago

Welcome onboard together we can make a difrence and help the poorest of the poor and the most vunrable. Regards Sonnet

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$10
Anthony Johnson
13 hours ago

learned about this product in my Human Sexuality class, though it was worth wile

PK
$100
Pamela Kane
2 days ago

Rape needs to stop.

SD
$8
Siera Donovan
2 days ago

I care about this cause!

LP
$5
Lauren Pedersen
2 days ago

I want to see this product help people.

Michael R. Vincent
3 months ago
1
1

One of these days a person will fund it.

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Madhurie Singh
7 months ago
1
1

Brilliant solution. When you are ready with the product please feel free to connect with me for distribution in India. Our rapists can test your product too.

+ Read More
Rick Justin
11 months ago
1
1

I'm surprised at the ignorance of the commenter who said this might not be a good idea because it could enrage the rapist, and put the victim in even more danger. It doesn't seem like you have any understanding of the epidemic there or of rape in general. Many of these women end up murdered, and/or brutally beaten. I think this is a great step in the right direction and hopefully it will save some lives someday. I'm thankful for the good people we have in the world like Dr. Ehlers.

+ Read More
Skye Bennett
13 months ago
1
1

This is a brilliant idea, in theory. As long as this product doesn't harm the victim, and the rapist will live to suffer their consequences. Another product you could consider making is a RapeaXe you could insert inside the anus. However, I have questions. I was thinking that this product could potentially be used by cruel women to set up innocent men. Also, if this product gained attention and popularity, and rapists learned to be aware of the RapeaXe on the market, what would stop them from inserting their fingers inside the vagina first to check that the victim isn't wearing one? I still think this product is a good idea, but that just might be something else to consider when developing the RapeaXe.

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Roshan Jamshidi
10 months ago

Skye all if them immediately do it tú eh don't think of it

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Michael L. Wells III
15 months ago

I actually fear as this grows in popularity it will not be as effective. I believe in killing the rapist, to be honest, but we have to realize that rape is a forceful event. Once this because the product of choice in defense against rape, it will become a product of null defense as rapists will demand the woman remove it just as he demands her to open her legs. But that's not all, I would like to see some studies on this, where it has worked before I donate because my immediate response is, during an adrenaline fueled rage, this could actually harm a woman more than defend her. What is to prevent the rapist from not firing his weapon he's aiming at the woman or knocking her over the head with a brick or lamp in retaliation? This is not like a debilitating kick in the groin, it is a stick that is initially painful and then goes away. No, I don't want to test it :P What I'm saying is, as bad as rape may be, this could lead to a murder, not unless those barbs are filled with some sort of fast acting tranquilizer.

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Vince Leskowich
17 months ago

Roberto, Gracias por su comentario e interés en RX. Adición de un fármaco se ha propuesto muchas veces antes. Si cualquier tipo de droga se añade al dispositivo, se cambia la clasificación reguladora del dispositivo y no estarían fácilmente disponible para la venta como un tampón. Queremos hacerlo disponible a tantas mujeres como sea posible, tan rápido como sea posible. Siempre podemos mirar nuevos y mejorados dispositivos una vez que el producto inicial es lanzado con éxito. Por favor apoyarnos con una donación para ayudarnos a conseguirlo en el mercado!

+ Read More
Roberto Solís Sánchez
17 months ago

Estaría bien agregarle algún tranquilizante o paralizante, para así evitar que la víctima sufra algún ataque por el agresor, en su intento frustrado

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Sonnet Ehlers
22 months ago

Thank you Audrey Schmidt.

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Sonnet Ehlers
22 months ago

Welcome onboard together we can make a difrence and help the poorest of the poor and the most vunrable. Regards Sonnet

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