It’s despicable that a judge would even say this in the first place.
A Canadian federal judge has finally apologized two years after making a horrible comment to a rape victim during a trial — but now he’s in some VERY serious trouble over it.
Robin Camp initially made international headlines back in 2014 during the trial itself, a case that centered on a 19-year-old woman accusing a Calgary man of raping her during a house party.
At times during that trial, according to media reports, Camp referred to the woman as “the accused,” which is… weird… and he also said this to her, which is downright horrifying:
“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?”
WHAT?! This judge… you have to be kidding!!
It wasn’t just that, either — Camp also said during the trial that young women “want to have sex, particularly if they are drunk,” and “some sex and pain sometimes go together,” the combination of which is a truly scary set of statements for anyone in power to utter.
Ultimately, Judge Camp acquitted the man who was accused, Alexander Wagar, two years ago this month. The woman appealed the ruling, and Wagar is now facing a retrial in November.
And in the worst moment of sad, scary irony, Camp’s own daughter is herself a rape victim — one who said she was “disappointed” in her dad for the initial comments two years ago.
Now, though, Justice Camp may be getting what’s been coming to him — last week and this week, he’s sitting in front of a Canadian Judicial Council inquiry about this case, and he has officially, publicly apologized for his comments, actions, and more.
Testifying before the council, he said:
“My concept of what I did wrong has grown. I’m very sorry that, on reflection and rereading what I said, that I intimidated her, using facetious words.”
Yeah, that’s the least of what Camp has done.
The judge did admit he held a prejudice towards the erroneous notion that “all women behave the same way and should resist,” which is an interesting thing to say — maybe he is actually realizing the error of his ways!
He continued his apology:
“I can’t guarantee that I’m not prejudiced in other areas … I have learned to be constantly vigilant against it. I’m a lot better than I was. I’ll always be vigilant. Perfect, I’ll never be.”
Believe it or not, since that infamous 2014 case, Justice Camp was elevated to a federal court position in Canada.
Now, though, depending on what the inquiry decides after the investigation wraps this week, he could potentially be removed from the bench.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens to him, and there must be some kind of punishment, but the poor woman’s trust in the justice system has already likely been damaged beyond repair.
That alone is awful enough.
[Image via Andrew Balfour/Canadian Federal Court.]