Judge On Rape Victim: The Female Body "Will Not Permit That To Happen... She Didn't Put Up A Fight."

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Judge On Rape Victim: The Female Body "Will Not Permit That To Happen... She Didn't Put Up A Fight."


Back in 2008, California Judge Derek Johnson was overseeing the case of a man who raped his ex-girlfriend and forced her to perform oral sex on him. This was the judge's response.

"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... That tells me that the victim in this case, although she wasn't necessarily willing, she didn't put up a fight."

Before raping his ex-girlfriend, the man in question had threatened to mutilate her face and genitals with a heated screwdriver, and ended up beating her with a metal baton. Apparently, that wasn't enough for Johnson to be convinced.

Since the case came to light earlier this fall, Judge Johnson has been reprimanded for his atrocious comments. But that doesn’t change the fact that he claimed a women beaten, threatened and raped had essentially been “asking for it” – or the fact that he shaved ten years off her ex-boyfriend’s recommended sentence.

Please, join us in calling on the California Commission on Judicial Performance to do more than "admonish" Johnson for his unprofessionalism. This man has no right to preside again after his appalling lack of empathy and simple legal sense. Help get his bias out of our courtrooms -- call on the CCJP to get him to step down, now!

CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE: To treat this 2008 rape case as Johnson did trivializes rape and makes victims of survivors. We call on the commission to urge Johnson to step down immediately.