Judge allegedly told rape victim ‘Couldn’t you just keep your knees together?’

A Canadian judge is being investigated over a shocking remark he made to an alleged rape victim during trial.

Federal judge Robin Camp was serving as a provincial court judge during the alleged rape case of a 19-year-old woman.

The woman had accused a man of sexually assaulting her over a bathroom sink during a house party in 2014.


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In a complaint written to the Canadian Judicial Council, lawyers claim Camp asked the complainant, ‘Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?’ and, ‘Why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?’

Camp apologised for his actions, issuing the following statement.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

The Federal Court have said Camp is ‘fully co-operating’ with the review.

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