Aussie women are up in arms over a controversial anti-rape device that is being promoted on Facebook.
Streams of furious comments have poured in about the ‘rape axe‘ — a condom style gadget that sits inside a woman’s vagina and attaches itself to a penis using sharp barbs during non-consensual intercourse.
As the name suggests, the gadget is intended to cause an attacker serious pain.
It’s also designed to help catch the assailant as the device cannot be removed easily, forcing them to seek medical help.
Slammed for being violent
But while the product is marketed as a “last defence” the aggressive nature of the device has led many to label it “sick” and “scary”.
“We have to ask ourselves what kind of sick society we live in if we need to hand these out,” one user wrote.
“What a scary society we live in that this is what woman have to resort to,” someone else agreed.
Victims in more danger
Others pointed out that it does nothing to prevent the attack happening, leaving them questioning whether it would put the victim in more danger.
“What if the attacker kills the victim as a result?!” one person wrote.
“I don’t see this device ending very well for the woman wearing it,” another said.
Another potential flaw in the unusual invention was the woman’s inability to be able to know when to wear the secret device.
“Rape is not planned ..how will a woman know when and where,” a concerned poster wrote.
“I just don’t understand how a woman is meant to know when to put it in?” someone else agreed.
Over 15,000 comments have been left on the original video since it was shared in September, including many in support of the idea.
But judging from Australia’s reaction, it doesn’t look like it will take off here.
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