Judge: Victims’ Bodies Can Prevent Rape

SANTA ANA, Calif. (December 14, 2012)--A Southern California judge has been publicly admonished for saying a rape victim didn't put up a fight during her assault and that if someone doesn't want sexual intercourse, the body "will not permit that to happen."

The California Commission on Judicial Performance issued a report Thursday that says Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson's comments were inappropriate and a breach of judicial ethics.

Johnson, a former prosecutor in the Orange County district attorney's sex crimes unit, issued an apology saying he was frustrated with a prosecutor during an argument in 2008 over the sentencing in the case before him compared to other more aggravated cases.

The case involved a man who threatened to mutilate the face and genitals of his ex-girlfriend with a heated screwdriver before committing rape, forced oral copulation, and other crimes.


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