When a judge in Santa Ana, California recently made statements regarding a rape survivor’s responsibility to prevent her own rape, and suggested that her body would have “shut down” if she didn’t want to have “intercourse”, the California Commission on Judicial Performance
voted 10-0 to publicly admonish him and called his statements a “breach of Judicial Ethics”. The judge later apologized and said his comments were “inappropriate”.
In a time when many public leaders are holding rape survivors responsible for their own victimization, CALCASA would like to publicly recognize the leadership of the California Commission on Judicial Performance in ensuring that the courts remain a place where survivors can seek justice and healing.
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