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COURTESY AR WEAR

COURTESY AR WEAR
An example of AR Wear’s anti-rape underwear. The material has been strengthened so that it cannot be ripped or cut.

Two New York entrepreneurs are developing anti-rape clothing to help combat sexual assault.

Ruth and Yuval, who will not share their surnames, allegedly because of assault threats, have created a clothing line through their company AR Wear (anti-rape wear). Their products range from underwear to travel pants and bicycle shorts, which cannot be ripped or cut or pulled down.

The only way the clothing can be removed is with a clock-hand lock button, where the hands of the clock must be in a certain position to take the clothes off. There are locks on both thighs and below the belly button and over 132 combinations according to Ruth and Yuval.

It is not yet clear how the clothing could be removed in the event of an emergency.

Ruth said that the idea to create the clothing line came when Yuval saw a news story a few years ago about a girl who was raped just metres from a populated location.

“Yuval believed that if there had been something that could have slowed down the attack, bystanders might have noticed and intervened to prevent the rape,” said Ruth.

However, AR Wear acknowledges that such a product alone cannot prevent sexual assault.

The Rape, Aggression and Defense program teaches students about risk awareness, aversion and potential risks, said Keith Pua, Humber Public Safety coordinator and instructor for the RAD program at Lakeshore.

He said students of the RAD program are taught all of the basic self-defence techniques, such as choke escapes.

“No one should have to live in fear of a sexual assault,” said Pua.

Awareness about sexual assault should be raised, said Pua, but it should be gender neutral because sexual assault and rape can happen to both genders.

“Our product line is not meant to make women more fearful than they might be already,” said Ruth.

Second-semester fitness and health student Aaisha McPherson, 22, said,

“I think it’s for people who are cautious. People might think it’s a negative but it’s a precaution.”

A crowdsourcing IndiGoGo campaign to raise money for the clothing line has surpassed its $50,000 goal with less than 10 days left.

According to the campaign’s page, the estimated product delivery is July 2014.

To read the original article, visit Humber Et Cetera online: Can anti-rape clothing help deter assault?

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