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To the Judge Who Asked a Rape Victim Why She Couldnt “Keep Her Knees Together”

Dear Former Federal Court Judge Robin Camp,

Your story made headlines back in 2014 when you asked a 19-year-old rape victim one question that sparked international outrage:

Why couldnt you just keep your knees together?

Three years later, you finally resigned after hearing the Canadian Judicial Council made the official decision to remove you from office. And three years later, those eightwords still continue to make my skin crawl.

So why write this now?

Because THREE YEARS is way too long for any woman to wait for justice, for any rapist to walk free, and for a corrupt judge to serve on a court that is supposed to protect the innocent. In the meantime, you were promoted from a provincial to a federal judge, thus increasing your capacity to cultivate a rape culture that nonchalantly proclaims she was asking for it.

I think what disturbs me even more isknowing that this is not an isolated incident or perspective. The question you posed publicly is the one that way too many pose in private. They just dare not vocalize it.

But you dared.

And in response, we ROARED.

Judge in rape case: Keep your knees together

Judge to woman in rape case: Why couldnt you just keep your knees together?

Posted by CNN on Tuesday, September 13, 2016

As is always the circumstance when a rape caselike this comes to light, the public lashed back in anger, shock and disgust that you dare ask why she didnt just close her knees, skew her pelvis or push her butt into the sink to avoid being penetrated.

As with Brock Turner, the overwhelming support from strangers is pretty astonishing when something like this is exposed.

Yet we are still teaching our children not to be raped, instead of teaching them not to rape.

And were also teaching men to protect themselves rather than encouraging them to protect women. Allow me to do a quick recap of a few of your choice phrases during the trial.

Young wom[e]n want to have sex, particularly if theyre drunk, you said.

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.


But that wasnt all

Then for your finishing touch:

Sex and pain sometimes go togetherthats not necessarily a bad thing.

Ohhhh NOW Im fuming.

And lastly,Why couldnt you just keep your knees together?

Well Former Justice Camp, now I have a fewquestionsfor you.

So the drunkgirl who was being dragged through a parking lot in Calgary screaming to get away while the man claimed he was going to call her dadshe wanted it?Was her tiny frame supposed to evade the forceful grip of a full-grown man?

When he ripped off her skirt, bent her over against the stairs and started raping her plain sight, was she supposed to just skew her pelvis to avoid penetration?

Or should we be charging men of twice her size and strength to keep it their pants and protect instead of violate the vulnerable?

Should we be teaching girls not to be raped orraising men like the four skateboarders who saw that she could do nothing against this mans powerand took matters into their own hands by pummeling him to the ground until police came?

Or men likeFlorida Gators linebacker Cristian Garcia whostopped a man from raping a drunk, unconscious girl behind a dumpster by prying him off with his own hands?

Or men like the Swedes on bikes whoare the reason Brock Turner was stopped, caught and convicted?

Why arent we teaching men to use their hands to protect instead ofteaching women to use their knees to defend?

We need tothwartthis progressing rape culture that says she wanted it and that a man shouldnt have to pay for 20 minutes of action.

You said your knowledge of Canadian criminal law was non-existent and that you didnt know what you didnt knowbut does it really take a law expert to know thatviolating and disposing of a woman like a Raggedy Ann is a crime, or that rape is an act of a few minutes that scars for a lifetime?

In a society that continues to downplay the horrifying reality of rape, I hope that these are the questions that you start to ask yourselfinstead.

Instead of reasoning away the actions of rapists and questioning the defenses of victims, we need to raise a generation of men who keep their pelvis where it belongsmen who are protectors, defenders and, most of all, the voice that says NO when hers is not loud enough.

Case Closed,




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