What is a Condom With Teeth?

(Rape-aXe)

August 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
One of the hottest search terms on the internet leads people to a device intended to combat violent rapes.

Searches for the phrase "condom with teeth" have been spared by a device called the Rape-aXe which was created by a South African doctor several years ago. There's no clear evidence why it became such a popular search term on the internet Tuesday, however the phrase was posted in an entry on textsfromlastnight.com.

The device contains several rows of plastic "teeth" that latch onto a man when a rape is committed.

Resulting pain is so severe, says designer Dr. Sonnet Ehlers, that it gives the victim a chance to get away. A man caught in one of the Rape-aXe devices can't remove it himself and will require a doctor's help.

According to a report from CNN on the device, Dr. Ehlers was on call one night four decades ago when a devastated rape victim walked in. Her eyes were lifeless; she was like a breathing corpse. "She looked at me and said, 'If only I had teeth down there,'" recalled Ehlers, who was a 20-year-old medical researcher at the time. "I promised her I'd do something to help people like her one day." Forty years later, Rape-aXe was born.

During the World Cup soccer tournament, Ehlers planned to distribute 30,000 of the devices for free. Their suggested price is $2 each.

You can see CNN's video coverage of the Rape-aXe here.


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