Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What Do You Think of This Anti-Rape Device?

(Blogger not allowing me to post a photo, but I will as soon as I am able)

Called Rape-aXe, the female condom is inserted by a woman much like a tampon. Of the effects of the condom on an attacker, Ehlers explained, “It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it’s on. If he tries to remove it, it will clasp even tighter… however, it doesn’t break the skin, and there’s no danger of fluid exposure.” Further more, only a doctor can remove Rape-aXe once it’s lodged on, meaning that hopefully, police can be on standby to make an arrest when the injured assailant look for medical help.

Ehlers designed the spiked condom after seeing the devastation in the eyes of a rape victim that came to her for help 40 years ago. She consulted engineers, gynecologists and psychologists to confirm that the design was safe and now plans to distribute 30,000 of them for free during the World Cup, after which they’ll be available for about $2 each. “The ideal situation would be for a woman to wear this when she’s going out on some kind of blind date … or to an area she’s not comfortable with,” she said.

Ehlers even visited prisons to speak to convicted rapists about whether such a device would have made them rethink their actions. “Some said it would have,” she said.

Some critics are saying that the device could lead to more violence by an attacker trapped by it, and that it is a medieval solution, a criticism to which Ehlers, a mother of two daughters responded, “Yes, my device may be a medieval, but it’s for a medieval deed that has been around for decades. I believe something’s got to be done … and this will make some men rethink before they assault a woman.”

We do have one question about the design though – how does a woman take the device out herself and how can she prevent an attacker from doing the same?

Read more: South African Doctor Invents Female Condoms with 'Teeth' to Fight Sexual Assault | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

Source: Inhabitat

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Coach Pleads Guilty in Rape of Young Girls

YMCA employee James Connor gets 20 - 30 years.
"Conner sexually assaulted two girls numerous times while employed as a coach for the Melrose YMCA and used hidden video cameras to record himself in the act. Prosecutors said Conner committed the crimes over several years at his home and at YMCA after-school programs. Both of the victims were under 14 at the time.
Conner was hired at the Y in 1995 as a coach and joined the after-school program in 2001. He was arrested in February 2009."  source:  Boston Examiner

Once again someone most people would trust their children around has proved to be a predatory monster.  Its very sad that we have to be leery of men who choose jobs which involve being around children, but we do.

I feel bad for all the legit basketball coaches are out there teaching teen girls how to play a great sport and mentoring them in teamwork, but unfortunately we need to be suspicious of anyone who works with children.  We need to examine their lives and their actions, and if they put up one ounce of protest - they should not be allowed in the position to be around children.