A judicial inquiry into a judge who asked a sexual assault complainant “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” is set to begin Tuesday.
A local women’s equality group will be intervening as part of the process looking at Judge Robin Camp’s actions.
Raji Mangat with West Coast LEAF says submissions have been written to the Canadian Judicial Council.
She says Judge Camp’s remarks shows a disregard for the law.
“We’re basically arguing that the conduct that Justice Camp has done, perpetuates harmful stereotypes and myths about sexual assault complainants and about women. Essentially by blaming the complainant that she could have avoided the assault, he sends the message that women are less deserving of equal protection of the law.”
Asked if the judge should be removed from office, Mangat says the group takes no position.
Instead she’s looking for the judicial inquiry to come out with recommendations for the future.
Camp is now a Federal Court judge, he was a Provincial Court judge at the time of the sexual assault trial in 2014.
The inquiry committee can recommend the removal of a judge from office, but that can only actually happen by a joint resolution of Parliament.