A judge in Canada may be fired from the bench for his clueless, cruel, and insensitive questions of a 19-year-old victim of rape.
Federal Court Justice Robin Camp will now sit in front of the Canadian Judicial Council after four college professors and a host of other people filed complaints against him because of his revictimization of the young woman and his ridiculous assumptions about women and sexual assault.
Camp has also recused himself from hearing any case involving sexual assault pending further training and education. Camp blamed a lack of training around sex-related crimes for his horrifying questions to the victim, but rape culture plays a huge role in them, as well.
When the 19-year-old stated that her attacker held her over a sink at a house party and raped her, Camp’s disgust at the victim instead of the rapist was apparent.
‘Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together? Why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?’
The young woman also told the judge that the incident was painful, and Camp told her that “some sex and pain sometimes go together,” which is “not necessarily a bad thing.” He also insisted that the victim probably wanted to have sex with her attacker because she had been drinking, and young girls “want to have sex, particularly if they’re drunk.”
The trial took place in June 2014, when Camp was appointed to the Alberta Provincial Court Criminal Division in Calgary. Since that time, Camp has become a federal judge.
The rapist on trial, Alexander Wagar, was acquitted of the charges by Camp in September of 2014, but the young girl was thankfully able to appeal that decision in Canada. Wagar will face trial a second time this coming November.
Meanwhile, Camp will also answer for his revictimization of the 19-year-old. Camp’s hearing began on Friday, Sept. 9, in front of the federal body in Canada that policies judges. According to a statement of facts from that hearing, Camp responded to the complaints and the media stories about the acquittal he handed a rapist by issuing an apology:
‘After being made aware of the November 9, 2015 newspaper article in the Globe and Mail, Justice Camp wrote an apology the same day and asked his Chief Justice to have it posted to the Federal Court website.’
Camp’s questions, his actions, and the acquittal of Wagar are infuriating, but they don’t exist in a vacuum. Stories like these are symptomatic of a larger rape culture that has always existed, and will continue to exist unless it is consistently challenged.
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