Canadian Federal Court Justice Robin Camp resigned from his job after making some inappropriate comments to the victim of a rape case by asking her why she didn’t keep her knees together. During the 2014 trail, the judged asked the question of a 19-year-old girl who said she was raped in a bathroom at a house party.
According to The Guardian, the Canadian Judicial Council investigated Camp’s behavior and came to the conclusion that during the trial he relied myths, victim blaming and stereotypes and recommended his dismissal from the bench.
Camp released a brief statement on Thursday and offered a “sincere apology to everyone who was hurt by my comments.”
During the 2014 trial, Camp often referred to the complainant as the “accused” and said that “sex and pain sometimes go together.”
During the complainant’s testimony, Camp asked why she didn’t put herself lower in the basin “so [the defendant] couldn’t penetrate you,” when Alexander Wager was raping her in the bathroom sink.
When review into Camp’s behavior began in September 2016, the judge claims he did not understand the changes that were made to Canadian law, which was made to protect sexual assault victims from this type of discrimination.
Out of the 23 judges in the Canadian Judicial Council, nineteen suggest that Camp be removed because his conduct “was so manifestly and profoundly destructive of the concept of impartiality, integrity and independence of the judicial role that public confidence is sufficiently undermined to render the judge incapable of executing the judicial office.”