Nail Polish: The Latest Product for Deterring Date Rape

Nail Polish: The Latest Product for Deterring Date Rape

Nail Polish: The Latest Product for Deterring Date Rape

When it comes to foiling date rape, one of the hottest new methods is wearing pretty nail polish.  A new type of polish, which is being designed and manufactured by Undercover Colors, is in the early stages of development.  This polish changes colors when a person exposes the nails to date rape drugs.

This means when a woman — or man — wears the polish and dips her finger into a drink, if a date rape drug is present, the nail polish will change colors.

Those who created the nail polish state “Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.”

There are many types of drugs that can be detected by the nail polish, including Xanax or rohypnol, both of which are commonly referred to as date rape drugs.  If a woman’s nail polish changes colors after dipping her finger into her drink, she knows to immediately get away from the person she is on a date with, and she also knows not to drink her drink.

If she feels compelled, she could even report the person who gave her the drink, but the nail polish itself won’t likely be enough evidence to prosecute the person.  Those who created this miracle nail polish say they were motivated to invent it because 18 percent of women will likely endure some type of sexual assault in their life.  This statistic comes from a National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

The new nail polish isn’t the only product being used to detect date rape drugs.  It was back in 2011 that scientists in Israel created a straw that lights up when stuck in a drink that has a date rape drug in it.  Hopefully, the combination of the straw and the newly development nail polish will decrease sexual assault among women.

Other tips for preventing date rapes include:

  • Bring along a friend during the first few dates.
  • Be smart in the choices you make.
  • Always have the date in a public place.
  • Don’t insinuate that you want to take part in sexual activities.
  • Trust your intuitions.
  • Talk about your sexual preferences and the activities you are okay with.
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