Judge Admonished For Saying Victims' Body Can Prevent Rape

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    SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A Southern California judge is being publicly admonished for saying a rape victim "didn't put up a fight" during her assault and that if someone doesn't want sexual intercourse, the body "will not permit that to happen."

    The California Commission on Judicial Performance voted 10-0 to impose a public admonishment Thursday, saying Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson's comments were inappropriate and a breach of judicial ethics.

    "In the commission's view, the judge's remarks reflected outdated, biased and insensitive views about sexual assault victims who do not `put up a fight.' Such comments cannot help but diminish public confidence and trust in the impartiality of the judiciary," wrote Lawrence J. Simi, the commission's chairman.

    Johnson made the comments in the case of a man who threatened to mutilate the face and genitals of his ex-girlfriend with a heated screwdriver, beat her with a metal baton and made other violent threats before committing rape, forced oral copulation, and other crimes.

    Though the woman reported the criminal threats the next day, the woman did not report the rape until 17 days later.

    Johnson, a former prosecutor in the Orange County district attorney's sex crimes unit, said during the man's 2008 sentencing that he had seen violent cases on that unit in which women's vaginas were "shredded" by rape.

    Judge Derek Johnson's Rape Comment: If Sex Isn't Wanted, Body 'Will Not Permit That To Happen'
     
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    Why didn't she report the rape right away?
     
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    oh boy, this again
     
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    The judge is not a woman, he is not a gynecologist and he overstepped his authority. If the judge were talking about assholes would be considered an expert authority as he resembles one to a T.
     
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    She may have been frightened - but that's not the issue. The issue is the idiot judge who shouldn't have said what he did.
     
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    Extremely poor judgment on the part of Judge Derek Johnson. Judge Derek Johnson deserves more than just an "admonishment," in my opinion. Anyone stupid enough to make a remark like that should not be on the bench. What they need to do is remove him from the bench and require him to prosecute a few rape cases - talk to a few rape victims.
     

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