According to Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter, women are "bombarded with warnings to modify their behaviour" in order to avoid rape. For instance, women are advised to watch bartenders mix their drinks, limit their alcohol consumption, and never leave their beverages unattended.
If a $100,000 crowdfunding campaign is successful, women may soon be asked to "adjust" their behaviour in another way. The Toronto-based developers of the pd.id ("Your Personal Drink ID") have already raised over $8,000 on Indiegogo.
The pd.id is billed as a "small battery-operated device that, when immersed in a beverage, will identify whether the drink has been drugged". The gadget will fit in a pocket and be reusable.
The Indiegogo page describes the process of using the pd.id:
Every fluid or drink is made up of a spectrum of molecular components.
Once immersed, the pd.id collects a tiny sample of the fluid in its reservoir.
It then performs three different tests to identify the drink and its components.
Although extremely high tech in function, pd.id is very easy to use. Simply dip, wait a few seconds and the LED light will indicate if your drink has been drugged.
The pd.id can also pair and function in tandem with your smart phone, accessing an extensive database of drink profiles and alerting you with a text or call that your drink has been tampered with.
The pd.id is expected to ship in April 2015 at a cost of $75 per device. On Indiegogo, potential users are told to "Empower yourself" with this "revolutionary device".
Of course, if men just stopped raping, we wouldn’t need the pd.id. "Most rapists are average men," Rape Relief notes in A Feminist Guide to Rape Drugs.
As Rape Relief argues, "Directions to avoid rape place the responsibility for preventing rape on women, while letting rapists off the hook." The organization maintains that a better solution is "for men to challenge their male friends who choose to attack women by using drugs and alcohol".