Judge Under Fire for Asking Rape Victim: 'Couldn't You Just Keep Your Knees Together?'
A Canadian judge's conduct during a rape case is under review after it was revealed he questioned the woman's efforts to fend off her alleged attacker.
The Canadian Judicial Council is reviewing the conduct of federal judge Robin Camp during a rape trial he adjudicated while still a provincial judge in 2014.
During the trial, which ultimately ended in an acquittal that has since been overturned, Camp asked the 19-year-old victim: "Couldn't you just keep your knees together?"
The trial stemmed from an alleged incident during which the woman accused Alexander Scott Wagar of raping her over a bathroom sink during a house party.
Camp also reportedly asked the victim: "Why didn't you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn't penetrate you?"
The review of Camp's conduct comes after law professors from Dalhousie University and the University of Calgary alleged in an 11-page complaint that Camp "showed disregard, if not disdain" for the victim.
"Consistently, the legal rules that Justice Camp took issue with were those aimed at removing from the law outdated and discredited stereotypes about women and sexual violence.
In a dismissive manner, Justice Camp repeatedly referred to the legal rules requiring that these stereotypes not be relied upon as 'contemporary thinking'" the complaint reads.
Camp issued a statement in which he apologized for the "deep and significant pain" he caused the woman.
"To the extent that what I have said discourages any person from reporting abuse, or from testifying about it, I am truly sorry," Camp said, in part.