Penis-Multilating Tampon Puts Rapists Out Of Business - Forever From Jan Lamprecht WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org From Adriana Stuijt 1-22-02 SOUTH AFRICA - An anti-rape device which chops off the tip of a rapist's penis has been invented by a retired anaesthetist in the Free State, South Africa. Jaap Haumann, 72, who now farms near the small town of Clocolan, has designed a "mutilator tampon" designed to lop off the end of a rapist's penis. Dr Haumann's extraordinary invention was prompted by the fact that rape has become so endemic in South Africa that a rape now is being reported every 26 seconds to police. Dr Haumann said he designed the device after speaking to rape victims -- and said he believed that at least a million South African women would flock to buy it. "It became clear to me that rape has a devastating impact on the lives of women, physically and especially mentally." He said in one instance, a rape victim had refused to leave her house, even nine months after she was raped. Her friends did her shopping for her. "We all know that South Africa has the highest rape statistics in the world. With this device I believe would-be rapists would think twice before attacking any woman in this country." Dr Haumann said the device is designed to be used in the same way as a tampon. "I designed a hard cylindrical plastic core which contains the spring blade, which slices when pressed against. "This plastic core is covered by soft material, the same as a real tampon. This is then inserted by the woman. When the rapist attacks the woman and penetration takes place, the point of his penis will touch the section containing the blade and it (the penis), or at least a part of it, is sliced off." Speaking of the danger of HIV infection from a bleeding rapist, Dr Haumann said because rape was a violent crime, the danger of infection from semen was high in any event. Many South African women already habitually carry antiretroviral medication with them to prevent HIV-transfer in case they got raped. "But when a woman wears this device she would not resist and would not be damaged internally. So the chances of being infected by the blood from the rapist are, indeed, also less." Dr Haumann said the deterrent value of the device would be immense. "And this is really the idea. If this device makes rapists think twice about attacking women, we have already achieved something." But some women approached for comment, found the idea of carrying such a "tampon timebomb" absurd. "I would be extremely uncomfortable. Again the onus is put on the woman. Men who rape women should be jailed for life. Men should not rape, end of story," said one. Dr Haumann said the device was still in the design stage. "It would cost about R10 to manufacture one such device and I estimate at least a million South African women would wear it," he said.