Canadian judge sparks outrage over rape case.
A 19-year-old homeless woman accused a Calgary man named Alexander Scott Wagar of raping her over a bathroom sink at a house party, reports news.com.au.
During the trial, Alberta judge Robin Camp repeatedly called the victim “the accused” and asked her questions like: “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” and “why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?”
He berated her for apparently not trying hard enough to escape the 115kg Wagar’s clutches, saying: “If you were … frightened you could have screamed”.
Justice Camp acquitted Wagar, dismissing the crime as a “misbehaviour” and even advised him how he could avoid getting himself into a similar pickle in the future.
“You’ve got to be really sure that she’s saying yes … so remind yourself every time that you get involved with a girl from now on and tell your friends, okay?”
The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) was flooded with complaints, many of them from sexual assault survivors, and calls for the judge to be sacked.
“He believes his training, counselling and this process as a whole have left him better equipped to judge cases with the empathy, wisdom and sensitivity to social context to which all judges aspire,” the judge’s notice of response states.
“He now understands that some of his prior thinking was infected with stereotypical beliefs and discredited myths.”
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