RALEIGH, North Carolina — A group called Undercover Colors said it was developing a nail polish that could help prevent a woman from being sexually assaulted.
“[The nail polish] changes color when it comes in contact with date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB,” the company posted on its Facebook page. “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.”
The company, which is currently soliciting online donations, cited a statistic that 18 percent of American women would be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
“We may not know who they are, but these women are not faceless. They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends,” the company posted. “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.”
Earlier this month, Virginia policy makers announced plans to combat sexual assault on college campuses. Four Virginia universities are currently under investigation for how they handled the reporting of sexual assaults on campus.
In October, the Attorney General’s Office plans on meeting with every major college or university in Virginia to discuss the expectations and procedures moving forward.