Judge Faces Inquiry For Controversial Remarks In Rape Case

| by Brendan Kelly
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A Canadian judge who reportedly asked a rape victim why she couldn't keep her knees together faces the possibility of removal from the bench.

In a 2014 sexual assault trial, Federal Court justice Robin Camp suggested that a 19-year-old rape victim wanted to have sex because she did not do enough to prevent the attack, according to media reports.

"Why couldn't you just keep your knees together?" Camp asked the victim in the 2014 trial. "Why didn't you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn't penetrate you?"

The judge continued to say that young women "want to have sex, particularly if they're drunk," the Independent reports. He added that "sex and pain sometimes go together," which he says is "not necessarily a bad thing."

Camp found the defendant Alexander Wagar not guilty in the case, and Wagar was acquitted. However, the victim appealed, and an appellate court threw out Camp's ruling. A second trial for Wagar is scheduled for November.

The judge's controversial remarks during the trial prompted an investigation by the Canadian Judicial Council, a government body that oversees federal judges.

On Sept. 16, Camp will testify before a committee as part of a week-long hearing. The committee will decide if Camp should be removed from the bench after hearing testimony and evidence.

The judge's daughter, Lauren Camp, who says she is a rape victim herself, says her father is not hostile toward alleged rape victims.

"I have seen him advance in understanding and empathy for victims, vulnerable litigants and those who have experienced trauma," Lauren Camp told the committee.

The victim from the 2014 case sees things differently, however.

"He made me feel like I should have done something, like I was some kind of a slut," she said.

Camp said he regrets his word choice and his handling of the matter.

"The thing I feel worst about is the questions I asked of the complainant," Camp said, according to Inquisitr.

It is unclear when a decision will be reached in regard to Camp's fate.

Sources: The IndependentInquisitr / Photo Credit: Andrew Balfour/Federal Court via CBC

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