Justice Robin Camp To Apologize For Telling Alleged Rape Victim To Keep Her Knees Together

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Justice Robin Camp will apologize for comments he made to a sexual assualt complainant. | Tribunal Federal de Canada/Andrew Balfour
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CALGARY — A Federal Court judge who asked a sexual assault complainant why she couldn't keep her knees together wants to keep serving on the bench and plans to apologize for his remarks at a public hearing.

A Canadian Judicial Council inquiry scheduled for September is to determine whether Justice Robin Camp, who made the comments in 2014 as a provincial court judge in Calgary, should be removed from his job.

A notice of response outlining Camp's position says the judge believes he can positively contribute as a member of the judiciary and will strive to keep improving and learning.

Comments were insensitive

The notice says Camp agrees his comments during the sexual assault trial were insensitive and inappropriate and that he plans to apologize at the hearing to take place in Calgary.

Camp has undergone training and counselling with a superior court judge, a psychologist and an expert in sexual assault law.

The document says he now has a deeper understanding of the trauma faced by sexual assault survivors and promises not to make similar comments again.

The notice does not represent a review of evidence supporting Camp's position.

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