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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


It seems that there's some outcry against a new device being marketed in South Africa to prevent rapes.

The "Rapex" is a device that's designed to be worn by a woman in her vagina, to literally barb and trap her attacker's offending member when inserted where it doesn't belong. The device is filled with razor-sharp barbs that require surgery to remove.

Apparently, this is just too violent, for some. "'Vengeful, horrible, and disgusting,' was the response from Charlene Smith, one of South Africa's leading anti-rape campaigners." In a land where 1,700,000 women are raped each year, partially because of the perpetuated myth that having sex with a virgin will cure a man of AIDS, you would think that Ms. Smith would understand something:

One protects many. Just the fact that a few of those devices are fielded, and the fact that a few dastardly dinguses have been shredded, will deter a certain number of would-be rapists.

Not a perfect answer. But in a world where rape can be a death sentence, isn't fighting back in some way, no matter how passive, worth something?

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At Sunday, November 11, 2007 10:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes the punishment fits the crime very well - and no wait for a clumsy and SLOW legal system!

Randy in Arizona

At Sunday, November 11, 2007 10:33:00 AM, Blogger Squeaky Wheel said...

I agree with Randy.

As a female, I know that if I lived in an area where rape was rampant for such a stupid reason (or was rampant at all), I'd have one of those things in at all times. If someone's going to force themselves on me, they have no right to bitch when I defend myself, in whatever way possible.

Grrr. Now I've got my dander up.

At Sunday, November 11, 2007 10:53:00 AM, Blogger SpeakerTweaker said...

If it wasn't borne of such a heinous act, that thing would nearly be funny.

That said, I figure that qualifies as a true last line of defense. When all else fails, if the bastard gets that far he will regret it. Immediately.


At Sunday, November 11, 2007 11:12:00 AM, Blogger New Girl said...

Well, it wouldn't take long for the would-be rapists to check for the presence of such a device - and forcibly remove it - first.

At Sunday, November 11, 2007 2:50:00 PM, Blogger BobG said...

"'Vengeful, horrible, and disgusting,' was the response from Charlene Smith, one of South Africa's leading anti-rape campaigners."

The only thing horrible and disgusting is the fact that something like this had to be invented. IMHO the only thing lower than a rapist is a child molester.

At Sunday, November 11, 2007 6:03:00 PM, Blogger Jenna said...

Got to admit, as someone who has dealt with sexual violence on a personal level.... well, I try to rise above baser leanings, but I would have been thrilled to have given the gentleman something to remember ME by as bad as what I was left with.

If that makes me a vengeful, horrid, and disgusting person... well, call me Brunhilda and hand me a hat with horns!

At Sunday, November 11, 2007 6:16:00 PM, Anonymous TBeck said...

How exactly is it "vengeful?" It's not like the woman using it is some kind of vagilante (God, did I just type that?) running the rapists down in the streets.

If the commies running SA these days don't like the thing, then how about giving the ladies a line of defense that doesn't require such a close encounter to be effective?

Oh, yeah, I forgot. The experts agree that if women carry weapons to defend themselves they might get hurt during the rape...or something.

At Sunday, November 11, 2007 7:46:00 PM, Blogger Murphy said...

Take a bite out of crime, indeed.

At Sunday, November 11, 2007 9:56:00 PM, Blogger Kate said...

I'm all for it...after all, isn't there some phrase that says something along the lines of "let the punishment fit the crime?"

At Monday, November 12, 2007 8:23:00 AM, Blogger Jay G said...

It should have a guillotine rather than barbs...

That is all.

At Monday, November 12, 2007 1:14:00 PM, Blogger BobG said...

"It should have a guillotine rather than barbs..."

I might have to disagree; which hurts worse, a clean cut or a fishhook you can't get out without tearing something?

At Wednesday, February 20, 2008 12:40:00 AM, Blogger Cave Troll said...

I relise this comment may be a little late (just started reading this blog now) but that is just the tip of the iceberg here in SA. Those figures are just the reported rapes... it gets worse. Little girls as young as 6 months old are raped to 'cure aids' children aare kidnapped and killed for their genitals to make traditional medicines. Housebraking isn't one guy trying to steal something its 5 - 7 guys wanting to steal, rape yor wife and children and beat you to death with a clothes iron. By 2006 +- 20 000 americans died in iraq due to the war, in SA 18 000 died due to homicide and this is not even a war zone. The cops here will arrest you if you defend yourself in slighltly (been there) but the criminals have more rights than you do...
say anyone need a south african at work (hopefull looks)


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