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‘Why couldn’t you keep your knees together?’ judge’s question to rape victim sets off social outrage

Shockingly, that one question was not it.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 7, 2016 4:17:10 pm
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In 2014, a 19-year-old homeless girl was raped by a man named Alexander Scott Wagner in Canada. The trial took place in Calgary. Reportedly, the provincial court judge, Robin Camp, not only acquitted Scott but also asked controversial questions to the victim, one of which was: “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”

This was just one of the many questions that have justifiably outraged people across the world. The judge is now facing a week-long public hearing to decide whether he’ll remain on the bench of Federal Court Judges as he was appointed one to the Federal Court of Ottawa in 2015.

Twitterati, of course, had much to say on Camp’s hearing. From those who could not believe he could actually have uttered those words to those who have categorically said he should be sacked and barred.

Shockingly, that one question was not it. Throughout the trial, Camp reportedly referred to the girl as “the accused” and asked her uncomfortable questions like “Why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?” The decision was later overturned by Alberta Court of Appeal, which directed for a fresh trial.

According to Calgary Herald, Camp acquitted Wagner because the victim had asked him if he had condom after which it was an“an inescapable conclusion (that) if you have one I’m happy to have sex with you”. He also questioned, “Why she allowed the sex to happen if she didn’t want it?”

Camp, though, has apologised to the Federal Court for the comments and his behaviour. “I have come to recognise that things that I said and attitudes I displayed during the trial of this matter, and in my decision, caused deep and significant pain to many people. My sincere apology goes out, in the first place, to the young woman who was the complainant in the matter. I also apologise to the women who experience feelings of anger, frustration and despair at hearing of these events. I am deeply troubled that things that I said would hurt the innocent,” he was quoted as saying.

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