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This is, well, not the answer to stopping rape. The fact that someone would invent a tampon-like device that cuts a penis shows how bad the rape situation must be in South Africa. I would think that the use of this device might cause rapes to plumment, but it would increase the homicide rate, in revenge for the maiming of the attempted rapist’s dick.

Furious South African women have called for a controversial new anti-rape device, dubbed a “rat trap”, to be banned by the Government. The tampon-like device, invented by a woman, supposedly protects women from rapists by cutting into a man’s penis.

It has sparked an empassioned debate over the high number of rapes committed each day in the country and the authorities’ apparent failure to tackle the issue. Activists are outraged and want to stop it going on sale alongside tampons in chemists and supermarkets next month.

Charlene Smith, a leading anti-rape campaigner, said: “This is a medieval instrument, based on male-hating notions and fundamentally misunderstands the nature of rape and violence against women in this society. It is vengeful, horrible, and disgusting. The woman who invented this needs help.”

The device, which Sonette Ehlers, its inventor, has patented, is worn like a tampon but is hollow. In the event of a rape, she said that it would fold around the rapist’s penis and attach itself with microscopic hooks. It is impossible to remove the clamped device without medical intervention.

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