Can nail polish prevent rape?


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Nail polish that changes color in the presence of date rape drugs is just one of many products and apps being developed to prevent rape. Cristen and Caroline parse out the pros and cons this emerging cottage industry and whether it ultimately contributes to eradicating rape or perpetuating victim-blaming.

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"These College Students Are Making a Nail Polish That Changes Color When Exposed to Date-Rape Drugs." Alison Vingiano. BuzzFeed. Aug. 24, 2014. http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano/these-college-students-are-making-a-nail-polish-that-changes#kwoxwd

"Students Develop Nail Polish to Detect Date-Rape Drugs." Gail Sullivan. The Washington Post. Aug. 26, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/08/26/students-develop-nail-polish-to-detect-date-rape-drugs/

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"Cottage Industry on Preventing Sexual Assault." Jake New. Inside Higher Ed. Aug. 27, 2014. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/08/27/pressure-colleges-deal-sexual-assault-leads-growing-cottage-industry

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