1. isaac

    Wow! This tech is one of the best that I’ve seen with regards to stopping rape and sexual assault. As a man, I’ve never been afraid of being sexually assaulted but hearing this kind of news everyday just breaks my heart. I hope this tech can be mass produced so that all women can utilize it. Btw, does it send the current location to the recipients too?

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi isaac,

      I am always on the look out for new technology in health and safety. I too was particularly impressed by Intrepid technology. I think  the fact that they were able to create a sticker capable of sending distress signals to stop a sexual assault is an amazing achievement. I don’t know if it sends current location to the recipients, but I’m sure that’s one of the questions the creator is working  out as she fine tunes the technology.

  2. Nenad


    To be honest I did no hear about this one!

    This is great thing to protect females getting assaulted.
    You see, who could tell 10 years ago that the technology will go this way?

    I will now go back to your site in order to read again the whole article, so I can learn more about this topic.

    Once again, I have to tell that I’m very glad that I found this article!

    All the best,


    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Nenad,

      Yes, I too am impressed by this latest wearable technology designed to protect women from sexual assaulted. I look  forward to us having a deeper conversation after as you said read again the whole article.

  3. Allison

    When I read the title of your post I was intrigued, but I was hoping it wasn’t going to be a profile of one those really insulting and dumb ideas like “the rape proof underwear”. I was glad to find out your post was just the opposite, informative and told with care and sensitivity. Sticker on underwear sends distress signals to STOP sexual assault–Like I said, this could have been a really tacky post but it turned out to be a timely and informative post on the topic of sexual assault prevention. Very well handled and presented.

    • Hey Allison,

      I know what you mean about the so called rape proof underwear. I too shook my head the first time I read about it. It was, to use your word, tacky. I know women who were victims of rape, and it was important to me that my post was not only informative but also dignified. If this technology can prevent or reduce the number of sexual assaults, that can only be to the good. I am happy to play my part in letting more women know about this important break through that can keep help keep them safe.

  4. Roberta

    Having been a victim of this menace, I can accurately tell how much pain comes with it. it is just too unquantifiable.
    I strongly believe this is a breakthrough in technology to help to-be victims of rape.
    I will love to share this with a couple of friends, however, I hope this wearable is readily available and I have been kind of ske[tical about how the distress contact will identify the scene of the crime and quickly come to a rescue.
    Hope it won’t be a case of ‘medicine after death’?

    • Hi Roberta,
      First, the part that you can talk about your experience, even a little, hopefully means that you got the support that you needed to deal with your ordeal. As for your question, to use the device, the wearer needs to download an accompanying app on their phone, and enter five contacts who will be called or sent a text in any case of emergency. As the device senses clothes being forcibly removed, it tells the phone, which sends a distress signal to emergency services and one in five contacts in the wearer’s phonebook are sent a text to alert them of the situation. I think that this means the chances dramatically go up that the attack may interrupted by police close enough to help. However, I do take your point that making the technology work may be difficult at first. There may be issues that have to be ironed out. That said, I think this is a positive development in the area of rape prevention.

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