According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five women have experienced an attempted, completed, or alcohol-drug facilitated rape in their lifetime. Roughly 80 percent of female victims of rape experienced their first rape before the age of 25. In an effort to combat these startling statistics, four college students created a beauty product that can detect date rape drugs.
During a North Carolina State University competition for student projects aimed at solving real-world problems, Ankesh Madan, Stephen Grey, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey-Maloney are developing a solution to help empower women counter sexual assault. The answer to the problem is a nail polish called Undercover Colors.
On the product’s Facebook page, the four college students described how the nail polish works. It is as following:
“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.”
Undercover Colors are currently in the early stages of development. The founders hope to see it on store shelves soon.
The Undercover Colors team is accepting donations. If you would like to donate to research and development click here.