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This New Nail Polish Lets You Check For Date Rape Drugs

Four engineering students masterminded the absolutely brilliant idea to fight rape.

In 2014, four engineering students from North Carolina State University introduced the internet to a nail polish that would help women detect the presence of date rape drugs in their drinks, which is a remarkable advancement in the fight against sexual assault.

Fast forward to 2016, and this idea might truly become a reality in the coming months. The company behind this phenomenal technology, Undercover Colors, recently received a total of $5.5 million in backing from 49 different investors, making it a possibility for a few months late Christmas present to the world come 2017.

Women (or men!) will be able to know whether their drink has been spiked by swirling their finger in their drink. If the nail polish proceeds to change color, it would warn him/her that a drug like Rohypnol, Xanax, or GHB is in the drink.

An investor in the project, David Gardner, told the Triangle Business Journal that this product would be a "game changer."

"It's shifting the fear back on the perpetrators, and it's too good of a thing not to deserve a backing and a chance," Gardner said.

We'll take a drink to that come 2017 — with our freshly manicured hand, of course.

While we applaud these noble-intentioned men, we also want to remind the world that this kind of product should merely be another cautionary, safety method, and it's still terribly sad and frustrating that we have to go to these lengths to fight against rape. The nail polish should never be used to boost victim blaming; no woman should feel it's "her fault" for not wearing the polish.

However, it's an important advancement as we continue to shift the message of a normalized rape culture to one of preventing victim blaming and joining men and women together to find solutions to make a culture where consent is the norm.

Hannah Marsh

Hannah is a Texas-born, Iowa-raised alumna of Iowa State University. When not writing trending content across several Meredith sites, she enjoys all things fitness-related, binge-watching "Whose Line is it Anyway" episodes and fully embracing her self-diagnosed peanut butter addiction.

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