What are 'consent condoms' and what do they do?

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 8:56 PM

The rate of sexual assault and rape has fallen 63 percent since 1993, from a rate of 4.3 assaults per 1,000 people in ‘93, to 1.2 per 1,000 in 2016, according to the Department of Justice and their National Crime Victimization Survey, 2012-2016 (2017).

Although that is indeed a significant drop, sexual assault still remains a huge issue. One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, and about 3 percent of American men — or 1/33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.

Although it’s probably impossible to completely stop sexual assault as a whole, it is still important to try and at least keep dropping the statistics of rapes that do happen.

An Argentinian company known as Tulipán recently created the world’s first “consent condom,” which is wrapped in a package that requires four hands to open. The package appears to have a series of circles spread out along its outer edges, four of which need to be pressed in at the same time to open the box. The box reads, “If it’s not a yes, it’s a no.”

Many have found this idea to be great, but there are also many who are skeptical. Some have made the argument that one could probably just maneuver their hands in a way to press in all four buttons on the packaging on their own, while some have made the argument that people who assault others tend to probably not care a whole lot about condoms in the first place.

Regardless of any skepticism toward consent condoms, it’s important that there are still companies out there who are trying their best to take preventative measures toward sexual assault. These measures might not work for every single victim, but if it works for just a couple, or at least one potential victim, then that is all that should matter.

Sexual assault may be something that will never be completely stopped, but it is certainly something we can do our best in preventing.

Abby Martinson | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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