The anti-rape nail polish

Sometimes you really have to love science.  Stumbled on this one at the Hugs x Heart blog about using nail polish that changes color in the presence of specific drugs.


The anti-rape nail polish

I thought that I would write a bit different post than I usual write. I was just reading some articles and came across a post that someone made on a site of a magazine (I know, I know you have to be critical) so I searched about it on other sites to see if it was legit or not and found several links about it.

Four college students from North Carolina State University  have come up with a nail polish that will detect any date rape drug by changing the color when you stick your finger “discretely” into your drink. The nail polish is called Undercover Colors and on their Facebook page they describe the product:

Nail Polish that Changes Color in the Presence of Date Rape Drugs from the First Fashion Company Working to Prevent Sexual Assault

They also describe the background to the research and development of the product:

In the U.S., 18% of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That’s almost one out of every five women in our country. We may not know who they are, but these women are not faceless. They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends.

While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection. Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.

For our first product, we are developing a nail polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger. If her nail polish changes color, she’ll know that something is wrong.

Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught. In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. We are Undercover Colors and we are the first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault (Source)

This product is still on the research and development stage and the engineer students are asking people for donations to go further with the idea.

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First of all I think that rape is by the scariest thing that a person can experience along with torture and death.  But as a girl most of us can feel insecure or vulnerable in uncomfortable situations for example I hate walking alone when it’s dark where you don’t see any people around (I happen to live in a country where it gets dark early except during summer).

I’m no party girl but I have some friends that goes to clubs/bars often and yes it can happen that the cute guy by the bar just bought you a drink to impress you or start a conversation. You blush and think he is the sweetest guy you met in a while and next thing you know, you wake up in a strangers bed and don’t remember anything (ok this is bad case scenario) but you get what I mean!

Here comes a warning/advice for my younger audience who just started going to clubs: Be careful when you accept a drink from a person you’ve never met  because there are high risks that it can be rape drugs in the drink but I hope that many of you are already aware of these things and probably have a way to handle the situation. Sadly there are also cases were the perpetrators can be in your own social circle (I don’t know much about this certain situation on how to handle it) and some people becomes victims of sexual assaults. But remember it’s not the victims fault, it can happen to anyone and in a blink of an eye so again be really careful!

I personally think that this product is a good idea if it really works, I mean sure nail polish can’t prevent things from happening  such as rape or violence because there are unfortunately other ways for the perpetrators to act on the victim but I think that the product  is at least a start for something bigger and it’s better than not have anything at all. I have read some comments that people have made on sites and majority of the people were positive to the product but some people were negative/sceptic to it:

– It’s really unhygienic to put your finger into the drink, eww and talk about awkward !
– People are going to blame the woman that she didn’t have the nail polish?
– So girls have to wear that special nail polish every time she goes out, what if she forgets?
– Why don’t they invent a stick instead that can detect the drug? Why nail polish?

I’m aware that this topic can seem as very “sensitive” or controversial for many of you, either you have been through something horrible, you know someone who have been through it or just that it makes you really upset and angry. I really want to hear you opinion about this topic and hear what you think about the nail polish. Do you think it’s a good idea or are you sceptic to it? Leave your comments!

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Take care of yourself and I wish you all a good night!

– Hugs x heart –


About datalossguru

I am a data recovery engineer by trade, attorney by license, husband, father and coach by choice.
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One Response to The anti-rape nail polish

  1. HugsxHeart says:

    Thanks for the re-blog 🙂

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