Here we go again. Another man has weighed in on what a woman's body "should" do when a rapist is attacking her. This time it was a judge, and get this: after insisting that a woman's body "will not permit that to happen" in reference to a rape, Judge Derek Johnson is being allowed to remain on the bench in southern California.
Oh, Johnson was reprimanded for "outdated, biased, and insensitive views" by the California Commission on Judicial Performance. But like the "punishments" for outgoing Congressman Todd Akin and failed Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who came perilously close to running pro-rapists campaigns this year, the sanction against Judge Johnson hardly sends the message it should.
Remember, Todd Akin is the man who used the words "legitimate rape" in insisting something markedly similar to what Johnson said in open court. And Richard Mourdock is the Indiana Senate hopeful who announced that pregnancies created as a result of rape are "God's plan," something He intended to happen. I was shocked while watching the Akin and Mourdock races to see that -- although they lost -- both men actually garnered votes in their respective races.
Their loss sent a message. But the votes for them sent an even louder one: that there are still people in this country who find rape apologies acceptable.
Now in California we have the case of Judge Johnson, who decided to insult -- in open court -- a rape victim, informing her during sentencing of her attacker that:
I'm not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something: 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, and we heard nothing about that in this case.
Johnson decided not to grant prosecutor's request that the man be sent to prison for 16 years, lopping an entire decade off and giving him only six years.
He gave the rapist a pass.
And now that's what the Commission on Judicial Performance is doing for Johnson. The slap on the wrist is a cough, cough, hint, hint that you really "shouldn't" say what he did, but hey, it's not thaaaat bad.
Actually, America, it is that bad. We have a Superior Court judge who just provided an excuse for rape. That means he's giving a pass to creeps like the man who raped a 12-year-old girl, to men like the sicko who threatened to mutilate the face and genitals of his ex-girlfriend with a heated screwdriver, beat her with a metal baton, made other violent threats before committing rape, and forced oral copulation ... the man he sentenced to only six years in prison.
If we aren't willing to punish these men fully and truly make them responsible for their vile speech, we are as good as OKing their comments ... and the acts that they apologize for.
Do you think Judge Johnson deserves to remain on the bench? Why?
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