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Committee recommends judge who made comments about rape victim should lose his job: Were his words of advice to "keep her knees together" inappropriate?

Committee recommends judge who made comments about rape victim should lose his job: Were his words of advice to "keep her knees together" inappropriate?
  • Prosecuting Attorneys (Judges): Like Doctors, And Police Officers, They Must Maintain Professionalism

    A Judge/Prosecuting Attorney is a person who determines the outcome of the remainder of someone's life. The cases seen by judges often involve a need for great sensitivity, as people involved in these cases are emotionally traumatized, abused, etc. What a Judge says and decides, and ultimately what comes out of his/her mouth often effects multiple people every day in a very monumental way. A Lawyer will tell you that the courtroom is the most sacred place in our society. This is why we dress up for court. We say, "Your Honor" to a judge because he or she represents the law, and deserves absolute respect. We need someone respectful to represent the law. This judge was not fulfilling his role properly at all. This was entirely inappropriate. If a person taking the stand were to say things such as this, a judge might give him/her a much harsher sentence. Unfortunately, the person who uttered these words was the person in power. It is entirely wrong.

  • Yes, his comment was inappropriate.

    Yes, the judge's advice to a rape victim that she should "keep her knees together" was inappropriate. A victim of rape should be treated with compassion, but this judge's comments were callous and cruel. His implication was that she could have and should have prevented the attack, as if the rape was her fault rather than a crime committed against her. Judges have a duty to carry out the law, which includes punishing those convicted of crimes, not belittling victims.

  • Yes, the judges' comments to the rape victim, "keep your knees together" were inappropriate

    Yes, the judges' comments to the rape victim, "keep your knees together" were inappropriate. They imply that it is somehow a woman's responsibility to prevent a rape and that she has done something wrong. The judge's comments were not only inappropriate but were also prejudicial and showed his inability to do the job he was given.

  • No, shaming women who are raped is very harmful.

    No, the judge who told a rape victim that she should "keep her knees together" should lose his job. His words were extremely inappropriate and potentially very harmful. Shaming rape victims makes them less likely to come forward. If they do not come forward, their rapists will be free to rape again.


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