South Africa.The condom was invented by Sonnet Ahlers after her harrowing experiences dealing with rape victims in her native country.
The condom has been in existence since 2005. However, it has been redesigned in 2009 and made big waves in the media again of late with the inventors plans to distribute 30,000 of the invention to women in the lead up to the World Cup. She has sacrificed a lot to get to where she is today having sold her car and houses in order to fund the project. She hopes that when on sale in the future the device will cost just $2.
How does it work. the woman inserts the condom like a tampon. It has inward leaning spikes in it that are activated when the man inserts his penis.When he pulls out the spikes attach to him and cannot be removed until he has surgery. This of course then acts as proof that the rape has taken place and he can be suitably imprisoned as a result.
However the condom has drawn severe criticism and many of the women who argue against its use make valid points. Some believe that the condom is nothing short of a modern day chastity belt and subjects women to psychological trauma by making them paranoid and fearful. It also puts the pressure of rape prevention on the woman's shoulders again, instead of where it should be i.e. convincing men not to rape. Also, it is argued that the man would possibly become more violent if he is subjected to the pain of this. However the doctor has argued that a man who has this stuck to them will be unable to urinate or even walk, giving the victim time to escape.
No one could argue that this is an ideal solution to a terrible problem. Its inventor has responded to claims that the device is medieval by saying its a medieval solution to a medieval problem. Indeed many of the women who arguing against its use report for American and British newspapers talking about how women are blamed for dressing provocatively and how the onus is always on them in the fight against rape. All of this is indeed true and indeed wrong.
However, as someone who has looked into rape statistics in South Africa it would be difficult to argue against anything that would deter would be rapists. A rape takes place in South Africa every 26 seconds and a women born there is more likely to be raped than learn to read. These statistics make for shocking reading and it is clear that rape is at pandemic proportions in South Africa. I firmly believe that this device may have the power to change that and even though the root cause will remain it has the power to end the pain and suffering of a nation who's women have been humiliated and tortured for far too long.