A new rape alarm called the "Ila Dusk" is set to go on sale in the UK in a month, and it claims to be more effective than previous alarms because, instead of a siren, the alarm emits the sound of a "woman screaming." Thing is, it isn't that effective, as the Guardian's Emine Saner discovered when she decided to test the alarm out in the streets of London. Most people passed her by and/or looked annoyed since the Ila sounds less like a woman screaming and more like an animal dying (or, as one man thought, a kid playing). Maybe instead of buying rape alarms, women should be getting self-defense lessons? Clip above.
New Rape Alarm Mimics Woman's Screams [The Guardian] Teaching Women Self-Defense [WSJ]