THEY look like a combination of underwear and bike shorts, but their New York developers believe this "wearable protection" could protect women from rape.
American firm AR Wear is currently crowd-sourcing support for its range of anti-rape underwear, running shorts and eventually travel shorts, which purport to frustrate sexual assault attempts by being almost impossible to remove.
The concept is based on research which suggests that resisting rape reduces the risk of rape without increasing the risk of violence.
In its pitch on fundraising site Indiegogo, AR Wear writes, "They need to be resistant to pulling, tearing and cutting while being comfortable to wear during normal activities and, as in the case of underwear, fit smoothly under form-fitting outer clothing"
It works - according to AR Wear - by creating a "skeletal structure" inside the pants, along with straps around the legs and waist that can be locked in place.
AR Wear has almost reached the halfway mark of its pitch to raise $50,000 to finish its prototypes so they are ready for production.
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