INTERNATIONAL: Canadian judge under investigation after asking alleged assault victim “couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”

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INTERNATIONAL: Canadian judge under investigation after asking alleged assault victim “couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”

canada-law-courts-judge-genericINDEPENDENT (UK) – A judge who asked an alleged sexual assault victim “why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” is being investigated over the comments.

Canadian federal judge Robin Camp acquitted Alexander Scott of sexual assault in September 2014 while still a Calgary provincial court judge – a decision later overturned by Alberta Court of Appeal.

At various points during the initial trial, Judge Camp asked the complainant, a 19-year-old homeless woman: “Why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?” and “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”

The Calgary Herald reported that because the complainant said she had asked her alleged attacker if he had a condom, Judge Camp told the court that it was “an inescapable conclusion (that) if you have one I’m happy to have sex with you”.

He also said the complainant had not explained “why she allowed the sex to happen if she didn’t want it?”

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  1. If you hear the circumstances that question sounds very reasonable.

    A lot of women are assaulted and sometimes women make a mockery of this fact by pretending to be assaulted for revenge or financial gain or regretting their very own poor judgement.

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