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To the Judge Who Asked a Rape Victim Why She Couldn’t “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 couldn’t 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 eight words 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 is knowing 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 couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” http://cnn.it/2cVf51O

Posted by CNN on Tuesday, September 13, 2016

As is always the circumstance when a rape case like this comes to light, the public lashed back in anger, shock and disgust that you dare ask why she didn’t 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 we’re 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 they’re 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.”

Oh REALLY?

But that wasn’t all…

Then for your finishing touch:

“Sex and pain sometimes go together…that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

Ohhhh NOW I’m fuming.

And lastly, “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”

Well Former Justice Camp, now I have a few questions for you.

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

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

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