[Content Note: Rape culture; description of sexual violence.]
"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."—California Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson, during a case about "a man who threatened to mutilate the face and genitals of his ex-girlfriend with a heated screwdriver, beat her with a metal baton and made other violent threats before committing rape, forced oral copulation, and other crimes."
It was Judge Johnson's estimation that the victim "didn't put up a fight" during her assault, because her vagina wasn't "shredded," and he sentenced the attacker to only six years, "saying that's what the case was 'worth.'"
In response, the California Commission on Judicial Performance voted 10-0 yesterday to impose a public admonishment of Johnson.
He should be removed from the bench. For fuck's sake.