Federal judge to sexual assault victim: 'Couldn't you just keep your knees together?'

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A federal judge in Canada sparked an official judicial review of conduct after he berated a sexual assault complaint about fending off her alleged attacker.

According to CBC, Robin Camp made the shocking remarks during a 2014 case while he was acting as an Alberta Provincial Court judge. Camp acquitted Alexander Scott of sexual assault in the case, but the decision was overturned later by the Alberta Court of Appeals.

Camp was presiding over an alleged rape case involving a 19-year-old woman and a man whom she accused of sexual assault while at a house party.

The review comes after four law professors issued a complaint against Camp, describing the judge as "dismissive, if not contemptuous," when it comes to sexual assault cases and its laws.

The professors, who are from Dalhousie University and the University of Calgary," claimed the judge asked the female victim a series of patronizing questions, such as "Why didn't you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn't penetrate you?"

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Because the victim asked the alleged attacker if he had a condom, then it was "an inescapable conclusion (that) if you have one I'm happy to have sex with you," Camp told the court, according to The Calgary Herald.

He also pointed out to the court that she had not explained "why she allowed the sex to happen if she didn't want it?"

One of the professors who lodged the official complaint described Camp's comments as "grotesque."

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Camp has since apologized for his sexist remarks and volunteered to have gender sensitivity counseling, according to The Independent:

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."

During the review of his actions, the Federal Court is not assigning Camp to any cases that involve sexual conduct or any similar subject matter.

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