A Canadian judge is facing removal from the bench after he allegedly asked a 19-year-old woman who said she was raped why she couldn’t “keep her knees together”.
The 19-year-old woman said she was raped over a bathroom sink during a house party.
A notice of allegations posted on the Canadian Judicial Council website detail controversial remarks made by Federal Court Justice Robin Camp, including:
“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?”
Young women, the judge said, “want to have sex, particularly if they’re drunk,” according to the notice.
He also said that “some sex and pain sometimes go together” and “that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”
Camp, 64, acquitted the man and reportedly told him: “I want you to tell your friends, your male friends, that they have to be far more gentle with women. They have to be far more patient. And they have to be very careful. To protect themselves, they have to be very careful.”
The verdict was overturned on appeal and a new trial is scheduled for November.
Camp’s controversial remarks resulted in an investigation by the Canadian Judicial Council, a federal body that polices judges.
He is expected to testify before a committee which will then decide whether to remove him from the bench.
Camp’s defence for his comments was he had a “a non-existent” knowledge of Canadian criminal law.
The South African-born judge said he didn’t receive training on sex assault cases. In his legal career, he focused mostly on contract and bankruptcy cases, he said.