Last summer, a drunk Arizona police officer named Robb Gary Evans drove to a bar, flashed his badge so he didn’t have to pay the cover charge, then walked up behind a woman, put his hand up her skirt, and pressed his fingers into her genitals.
A jury convicted him of felony sexual abuse, and he was fired from the force.
This summer, Arizona trial Judge Jacqueline Hatch decided his felony sentence didn’t warrant him any jail time or qualified him for being registered as a sex offender – and told the victim that it was her fault she had been assaulted!
“If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you,” Hatch, who was appointed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, told the woman, urging her to take something “positive” out of the “lesson” she experienced. “When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”
Sigh. There’s a petition to sign, but given that it’s directed at Jan Brewer the odds of success seem low.
4 thoughts on “It’s your fault the drunk cop walked up and groped you”
Wait a minute…really?
I thought for a minute if that quote could have been taken out of context but no matter how I flip it around in my head, there’s no possible way it couldn’t be the most insane violating thing I’ve heard in a while.
And the judge who ruled he didn’t deserve jail time or being registered as a sex offender was a woman???????? Where are we if even the women can’t take care of each other?
This is a public outrage that violates every woman’s space. This sexist action reinforces victim blaming. Fight back.
This is horrifying. FWIW, the judge apologized to the victim on Sept. 7: “I apologize to the victim for any additional anguish my comments may have caused,” the judge wrote in her statement. “It was never my intention to make a situation worse for any victim. I have learned an important lesson and will apply what I have learned to future cases, to ensure that the rights and views of all victims are heard and respected.”
Sure, the judge apologized, but how in the world did the judge ever view the comment as appropriate in the first place? Plus, the judge apologized for the “additional anguish” her comment “may have caused”??? She didn’t even admit the sheer stupidity of the comment? Even if the comment hadn’t caused any anguish, she still should have apologized for saying something obviously ridiculous. One wonders what “important lesson” the judge learned.
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