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Crazy Rape Comments: Post-Election Edition

Submitted by on December 14, 2012 – 12:54 pmOne Comment

Thought that the trend of men saying crazy things about rape was over after they all got defeated in elections in November? Think again. Crazy rape statements live on, and have now migrated to the judiciary, where a California judge reduced a convicted rapist’s sentence because the victim “didn’t  put up a fight.”

Superior Court Judge Derek G. Johnson was actually ahead of his time, making the controversial comments back in 2008. But the news only came to light this week, when a judicial commission unanimously voted to publicly condemn his statements and behavior.

Anticipating the ill-fated comments of Todd Akin, the Missouri Senate candidate who said that women rarely get pregnant by rape because “the female body has ways to… shut that whole thing down,” Judge Johnson suggested that the lack of a physical struggle called the rape into question:

“I’m not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something: If someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage is inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case,” Johnson said.

The AP article also notes that California law has not required proof of resistance in cases of rape since 1980.

What do you think of this latest gaffe?

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