I recently wrote an article about sexual violence, looking at not only the statistics but some of the consequences that a woman faces when subjected to such an insidious crime.
I for one, unfortunately fall into those statistics, but my lack of faith and hope in the justice system prevented me to move forward. I was scared. I was really scared I would be judged, scrutinized and told it was my fault. I sat blaming myself for many years; I suffered with PTSD and various other mental health issues. It took such a toll on me, mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually. It brought me to the gates of hell. I believe I am still recovering, it will be a lifelong journey, it doesn't just go away.
It sits deep within my heart, etched into my mind. No thanks to the justice system and the lack of belief I had in them. I began to rebuild my life with the support of family and loved one's. I am on a journey of such beauty, discovery and growth, it is a true gift.
Many of you may have seen the recent news of Judge Camp.
As Judge Camp said,
"Why couldn't you just keep your knees together?" he told the woman, according to a notice of allegations posted on the Canadian Judicial Council website. "Why didn't you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn't penetrate you?"
To say I was outraged is an understatement. A woman who has been subjected to such violence is questioned as to why she didn't do anything to stop the attack.
As it stands, so few women come forward to report such a heinous crime that has been brought against them.
"It is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives.''
With such sexist, derogatory comments from Judge Camp, it really does reinforce that the justice system is failing us.
As stated by Camp's lawyer
"In closing submissions Monday, Frank Addario argued removing Camp from the bench would not be the most effective way to correct widespread knowledge gaps around sexual assault."
"Camp had an education problem and not a character problem"….
To even suggest that Camp remain on the bench is utterly disgusting. What message would that be sending out? What hope does that bring?
It is time the justice system started being honest, open and realize the fact that the message they send out to rapists is that they can get away with it or it is totally ok, there will be little consequences for their actions.
By removing Camp from the bench a clear message can begin to travel worldwide. That we will not tolerate such maladjusted ideas, that are completely detrimental to women worldwide. That sexual violence is never ever ok.
We as a society seem to want to shy away from the fact that sexual violence is happening constantly, we seem to want to hide from the truth, it is easier for us to ignore it. By ignoring it, it never happened. That in turn has resulted in us being accepting and knowing that sexual violence is a daily occurrence.
If this doesn't outrage you I assume that this is acceptable if this were to happen to your mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend or any other loved one's.
The question remains, would you want Camp as your judge?