I have been accused of all sorts, my all-time favourite though is that I am the inventor of a most medieval device… my response, quite frankly is that a medieval deed deserves a medieval consequence. It’s the twenty first century, man has supposedly evolved into a more civilised being… yet rape statistics are on the rise! Child and infant rape has increased 400% over the last decade!
My second favourite criticism comes from Victoria Kaija, from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Uganda. She refers to my invention as a form of ‘enslavement’. Apparently wearing the device, according to Victoria, is a constant reminder, to women, of their vulnerability. My aim with the device is to empower women and promote gender equality. If men can use their bodies – their manhood, as a weapon of attack – well then it’s time for women to do the same! The fear and vulnerability that I saw in the tear-filled eyes of a rape victim is what drove me to begin my action against rape. “If only I had teeth down there,” were the words of this victim, and that was the prompt towards the development of Rape-aXe.
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From the crudely fashioned prototype of 2003, Rape aXe has since been redesigned to achieve a prototype which could withstand the clinical trials.
The clinical trials were a triumph, achieving all the desired specifications. Not only is the device comfortable to wear, but our willing victims complained of a burning pain so intense that they were 'too afraid to move'. The obvious 'tag' which will facilitate arrest, was easily removed by a medical practitioner, leaving no permanent damage.
The costs of the research and development have to date run into hundreds of thousands of euros. The registration of the patent worldwide has also come at significant cost. After tedious meetings with various specialists in latex and polyethylene product manufacturing, the team of engineers decided on a Danish mould manufacturer who will produce the new mould needed, with the final product to be manufactured in Malaysia.
The manufacturing of the device is complex in that two separate components, the latex sheath and the polyethylene frame need to bond to ensure the effectiveness of the product. The health and safety of both the victim and the perpetrator is of importance to regulatory bodies, who require that Rape aXeR conforms to strict specifications.
The current model poses a challenge in that the latex and polyethylene frame seem to split when being subjected to normal movement by the wearer.
Engineers are confident that the new mould from Denmark will solve this problem. The new mould however comes at a cost of 10 000 Euros, which the patent holder cannot provide at this stage.
The project is 6 months away from being finalised, provided that the necessary funding is secured.