It is clear some Judges are still living in their minds that women somehow invite rape.
This man is a complete disgrace to the Justice system. I would urge those that agree to email the PM's Office and the Justice Minister asking what will be done.
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No jail for rapist because victim 'wanted to party'
A convicted rapist will not go to jail because a Manitoba judge says the victim sent signals that "sex was in the air" through her suggestive attire and promiscuous conduct on the night of the attack.
Kenneth Rhodes was given a two-year conditional sentence last week that allows him to remain free in the community in a decision likely to trigger strong debate.
The Crown wanted at least three years behind bars
Queen's Bench Justice Robert Dewar called Rhodes a "clumsy Don Juan" who may have misunderstood what the victim wanted when he forced intercourse along a darkened highway outside Thompson, Man., in 2006.
Rhodes and a friend met the 26-year-old woman and her girlfriend earlier that night outside of a bar under what the judge called "inviting circumstances." Judge Dewar specifically noted the women were wearing tube tops with no bra, high heels and plenty of makeup.
"They made their intentions publicly known that they wanted to party," said the judge. He noted the women spoke of going swimming in a nearby lake that night "notwithstanding the fact neither of them had a bathing suit."
The foursome left the parking lot and headed into the woods, court was told. Rhodes began making sexual advances toward the victim, who initially rejected him but later returned his kisses. Rhodes then forced himself upon the woman once they were alone.
Rhodes pleaded not guilty at the trial on the basis he thought the woman had consented. Judge Dewar rejected his defence -- but said aspects of it can now be considered on sentencing.