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Mar 09, 2011Get this Judge OFF the Bench!
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Blog post added Mar 09, 2011 | 0 comments
Ok folks...it's very rare that I get upset about something enough to "broadcast" it online. But I have to tell you, this is one of those rare times.
Just to be sure I have this right, it IS 2011, right?
Well guess what ladies & Gentlemen...there are people in positions of power that seem to believe that "NO!" doesn't actually mean "NO!". What people? A certain Judge named Robert Dewar and apparently a Police officer (officer was in Toronto, Ontario). Sunday night (7th March, 2011) I was skimming through our local paper, and I came accross a editoral that literally had my yelling, "WHAT THE H*LL?!". I was so upset about what I'd read I literally broke down in tears during and following my reading said article aloud for my hubby. Eventually my husband actually told our kids to take the paper away from me for a while to give me time to calm myself...rather extreme, but thank goodness he did that...otherwise I think I'd still be weeping into a very soggy newspaper!
All lightness aside, I want to be sure I get this right...just to be sure I don't make any typo's or other mistakes, I've copied/pasted one of the articles on this horrible excuse for a Judge (human being?!). I'll also add links to other articles online at the bottom of this post. Hang onto your hats folks...you are not going to believe what you're about to read - but PLEASE do take the time to read this...and then continue to teach the young ones in your lives that "NO!" means "NO!". Period.
Judge's sex assault comments wrong: professor
No jail for 'clumsy Don Juan'
The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 24, 2011 2:32 PM CST Last Updated: Feb 24, 2011 2:32 PM CST
A University of Manitoba law professor has concerns about a judge's comments at a sexual assault sentencing.
Karen Busby said the remarks by Justice Robert Dewar are a legal throwback to the time when how a woman dressed or acted could be treated as implied consent to sex.
Dewar said "sex was in the air" when he spared a man jail time by handing him a two-year conditional sentence instead and allowing him to remain free in the community.
'There are lots of women who will dress to go out and to party and they're going to have alcohol, but when they do that they're not saying, 'oh, and please rape me.'—Karen Busby, University of Manitoba law professor
The Crown had sought a prison sentence of at least three years.
The sentence was delivered last week in Thompson, Man.
The comment was inappropriate, even if Dewar did convict the man of sexual assault, said Busby.
During the sentencing, Dewar also commented on the way the woman was dressed and her actions the night she was forced to have sex in the woods along a dark highway outside Thompson in 2006.
The man and a friend met the 26-year-old woman and her girlfriend earlier that night outside a bar under what the judge called "inviting circumstances."
He pointed out the victim and her friend were dressed in tube tops, no bras, and high heels and noted they were wearing plenty of makeup.
Dewar called the man a "clumsy Don Juan" who may have misunderstood what the victim wanted.
'This is a case of misunderstood signals and inconsiderate behaviour.'—Justice Robert Dewar
"This is a case of misunderstood signals and inconsiderate behaviour," he said.
Busby said laws regarding consent may have changed but some attitudes have not.
"That [decision] goes back to suggesting that women are in a state of constant sexual readiness and that sexually active women will consent to sex with all comers," she said.
"It should have changed 20 years ago. It should have changed 40 years ago. But we can see that it hasn't changed for some," she added, saying the decision makes her sick to her stomach.
"Every Friday and Saturday nights, there are lots of women who will dress to go out and to party and they're going to have alcohol, but when they do that they're not saying, 'Oh, and please rape me.'"
Busby also noted an incident just last week in Toronto where a police officer had to apologize after he suggested women could be inviting sexual assault by the way they dressed.
"We had a police officer last week in Toronto saying to a group of university students that if a woman dresses like a slut she should expect to be raped," she said.
Me again folks...Outraged & disgusted yet?! As O saod earlier...this IS 2011, right? What a sad, sad statement of our society right now. I wonder if Dewar's attitude would've been different had the victim been his daughter, neice, God-daughter, Grand-daughter, etc.
Probably not. Anyhow...here's some of those links I mentioned earlier. I hope you'll take the time to look them over and perhaps also make some very loud, very ongoing noise to your MLA (if you're in Canada) regarding this idiot & having him removed from the Bench. You can bet your last dollar I'm going to be doing that here.
Blog post added Jan 29, 2009 | 1 comments
Jan 28/09 what a day! My youngest daughter, my baby has turned 13 as of today...and I really wasn't ready for that. Although she's a much sweeter & loving version of her older sisters, all I can think is, "Omg...can I - WILL I survive another teen-age girl?". All you mums out there with teen girls probably get what I'm talking about here.
Plus I'm starting to get that good 'ol empty nest thing going on. Only two minor children left here at home, all the others have flown the coop. I must look on the good side of this...hopefully now I'll actually be able to justify spending time with my Sims2, and maybe even get the three houses I've been working on uploaded to here at TSR!