Superior Court Judge Derek G. Johnson of Orange County, Calif., on Thursday earned a public admonishment from the state’s Commission on Judicial Performance, which said his remarks “reflected outdated, biased and insensitive views about sexual assault victims who do not ‘put up a fight.’
“I’ve seen sexual assault,” Johnson said from the bench. “I’ve seen women who have been ravaged and savaged whose vagina was shredded by the rape. I’m not a gynecologist but … 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.” The threats and rape were “technical,” he said, “more of a criminal law test than a real live criminal case…
Unless that vagina was evidence of credit fraud, I don’t really see why a shredded one is indicative of any sort of criminal intent.
Seems a shame this guy is only getting a public admonishment, but maybe this isn’t the disgusting demonstration of his inability to do his job like it seems it is. Maybe it was really just a one-off lapse in judgement, and he’ll never do it again. He was probably just on his period that week.