Victim Of Sexual Assault? Your Fault According To Arizona Judge.

Posted: September 9, 2012 in Current Events
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What is believed to be a photo of Judge Hatch.

So a drunk off-duty police officer decides to  go to a bar and sexually assault a woman.  A jury found him guilty and he was appropriately fired from the police force.  However, when it came time to sentence the man, the judge did not see fit to give him jail time, instead sentencing him to probation and 100 hours of community service.  That in itself may seem bad enough.  But then the judge decided that somebody needed a lecture…..the victim.

She said such gems as “bad things happen in bars” (translation – women have no business being at bars?), “when you blame others, you give up the power to change” (translation – women need to take responsibility for their own actions, such as the act of being a victim of sexual assault?), “I hope you look at what you been through and try to take something positive out of it” (translation – you can learn a lot from being sexually assaulted?), and “if you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you” (translation – women shouldn’t be out in public at all?).

Oh, by the way, did you notice I said “she”?  Yes, the judge is a woman (Judge Jacqueline Hatch) .  She appears to be an old woman to be sure, and I realize there are generational differences in attitudes toward women.  But since she is also a judge, I would assume she is educated and should know better.  Also, people with such attitudes should not be judges.  Plus it is 2012, this attitude that women are to be blamed when they are assaulted should be dead by now.

So this wouldn’t have happened she “wouldn’t have been there that night”?  (Of course, it would seem it would just have happened to someone else, though I guess this gets back to the fact that her point seems to be that woman just shouldn’t leave the home, and thus the bar should have been woman-free.)  I guess in some sense, this is completely correct.  And I have unearthed some of Judge Jacqueline Hatch other opinions*, which makes this lecture much less surprising:

  • Had you not chosen to live in this house, your house would not have been robbed.  I hope you have learned your lesson about what neighborhood you chose to live in.
  • Had you not chosen to go to this store on that day, your car would not have been jacked.  I hope you have learned your lesson about what stores you shop at on what days.
  • Had you not chosen to be a state representative in the U.S. House, you wouldn’t have been shot in the face.  I hope you have learned your lesson about being a women who chooses to hold any political office other than something that starts with “First Lady”.
  • Had you not chosen to go see the The Dark Knight Returns in the middle of the night, you wouldn’t have been killed.  I hope you have learned your lesson about being a dork who likes to watch superhero movies.
  • Had you not chosen to be black in an African nation, you wouldn’t have been a slave.  I hope you have learned your lesson about which nations you are born in with a certain amount of pigment in your skin.
  • Had you not chosen to be a Jew in Germany, you would not have been a victim of the Holocaust.  I hope you have learned your lesson about what religion you choose to practice or who you happen to be related to in a Nazi-led nation.

*Note:  I may have made all these up.  Though I don’t think they are much less dumb.

Update:  Judge Hatch has issued an apology to the victim.  I hope you have learned your lesson about holding antiquated views in a modern society.

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