As a law student, I tend to follow many court cases throughout their duration. Lately, a lot of these cases are instances of sexual assault. Of course, you don’t need to be in law school to find this topic of interest. It affects everyone, literally everyone.
Some recent notable cases that you might have heard of include Brock Turner’s 3-month sentence for raping a girl behind a dumpster, or Jian Ghomeshi’s trial (of which he was eventually acquitted) plus the backlash directed at his defence attorney, Marie Henein.
The one I want to talk about now is not so much about the perpetrator, or even about the victim, unfortunately, but about the judge. You may know Justice Robin Camp of the Federal Court of Canada simply as the “knees together judge”, and for good reason. While sitting on a case regarding a sexual assault, Justice Camp asked the victim why she didn’t “just keep [her] knees together” or “sink [her] bottom” into the sink in order to keep her vagina blocked from any unwanted penetration? MAYBE BECAUSE SHE WAS BEING ASSAULTED, ROBIN. AND MAYBE BECAUSE IT’S NOT HER JOB TO AVOID BEING RAPED. One of the things I find interesting (like freaky, not cool) is that Justice Camp’s own daughter, Lauren, has been a victim of sexual assault. She has penned a letter expressing her support for her father, calling him “no sexist brute”. Many others have supported Justice Camp, calling his comments “problematic” but not grounds for his removal from the bench. I disagree, and so did the judicial council. Read on.
This post has a happy ending for all. It was announced today that Justice Robin Camp has RESIGNED from the bench after a removal order was recommended by the judicial council. Thank your lucky stars, I know I am. No longer will this man be able to excuse the actions of sexual predators, and victims have that much more of a fighting chance to get justice in their cases.
Here is the CBC News alert for those who want to check it out: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/justice-robin-camp-judicial-council-1.4017233
If there are any sexual assault survivors reading this, let me say that you are loved and you have worth.