Judge Asks Rape Victim ‘Why Couldn’t You Just Keep Your Knees Together?’
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September 13th, 2016 – Canadian Judge Robin Camp said he regrets making “intimidating” and “facetious” comments to a 19-year-old female involved in a rape case in 2014. The apology comes amidst a judicial council hearing, which will decide if he will continue to hold the position of federal court judge.
Back in 2014, Camp was a provincial court judge and ruled over a case where a woman said she was raped over a bathroom sink during a house party. The judge is facing questions around statements he made both to the accuser and to the man she accused. According to statements from the trial, Camp asked the still un-named woman:
“Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”
Alongside asking why she didn’t “skew her pelvis” he also asked “Why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?”During another part of the trial, he spoke about his views on women’s relationship with sex saying “Young women want to have sex, particularly if they’re drunk.” “Some sex and pain sometimes go together…that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”
“My colleagues knew my knowledge of Canadian law was very minimal. It was non-existent,” he said. “Please remember I wasn’t in this country through the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.”
What do you think about the type of language used by Judge Camp? Do you think he should keep his seat on the bench?