4 College Students Create a Nail Polish That Could Help Prevent Date Rape

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While date rape drugs are commonly used on females, it was four guys from North Carolina State University who have come up with a new invention to help prevent this heinous crime.

Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tyler Confrey-Maloney and Tasso Von Windheim have invented a nail polish called Undercover Colors that detects date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB by changing colors when it touches the substance.

All anyone has to do is stir their drink when wearing the nail polish and it will immediately change colors when exposed to these drugs.

On the company’s Facebook page, they wrote:

“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.”

Undercover Colors hopes that their product will make offenders think twice before drugging a women as well as help those who are in situations where they are unable to help themselves.

It hasn’t come without criticism, with some publications saying that the nail polish actually perpetuates rape culture instead of prevents it. From Think Progress:

Women are already expected to work hard to prevent themselves from becoming the victims of sexual assault. They’re told to avoid wearing revealing clothing, travel in groups, make sure they don’t get too drunk, and always keep a close eye on their drink.

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Now, remembering to put on anti-rape nail polish and discretely slip a finger into each drink might be added to that ever-growing checklist — something that actually reinforces a pervasive rape culture in our society.

However, the idea has also gained tremendous support. This past August, Undercover Colors won $100,000 at Kairos Society K50 competition. In addition, the co-founders are asking for donations from supporters.

The company calls itself, the “first fashion company working to prevent sexual assault.”

While these these are two completely different categories, when combined they make for one unique product.

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