METRAC part of coalition intervening in inquiry into Justice Robin Camp’s conduct

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On Friday, July 8, 2016, a national coalition of women’s organizations including METRAC was granted intervener status in the inquiry into the conduct of Justice Robin Camp while he presided over a sexual assault trial in Alberta in 2014. This case made national headlines when Justice Camp asked the complainant, a 19-year-old Indigenous woman, “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”

Statements such as this one made by Justice Camp as well as many others that he expressed (such as “sex and pain sometimes go together […] that’s not necessarily a bad thing” and “young wom[e]n want to have sex, particularly if they are drunk”) contribute to negative stereotypes and re-victimize survivors of sexual violence. METRAC is intervening in the inquiry to explain the impact when representatives of the justice system perpetuate harmful myths about sexual assault.  Please read METRAC’s full statement on the granting of intervener status in the inquiry into the conduct of Justice Robin Camp here:

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