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Judge calls Rape Victim “Stupid”

December 13th, 2007     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

A young woman who was sexually assaulted after getting into a man’s car on the promise he would drive her to a bus depot was called “stupid” and “naive” by the Calgary judge who tried her case. Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse executive director Deb Tomlinson had this to say about Justice John Rooke’s comments:

“I think by making these comments, this judge is doing a disservice to all of society… By pointing the finger at the victim, and not at the offender where it belongs … it is going to keep more women from coming forward and reporting these crimes.”

In Canada, only 8% of sexual attacks are reported. I’m guessing this climate of victim-blaming has something to do with that statistic.

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