Undead Sexual Cliches: Sexual abuse apologist Judge Jacqueline Hatch

The case: Robb Evans, an off-duty Arizona cop, drove (after eight beers) to a local bar saw a woman he knew (friend of a friend) and decided that was grounds to sneak up behind her and fondle her genitals. When he was thrown out, he threatened to arrest the bouncers.
Judge Hatch gave him probation, citing strong community support (i.e., lots of people felt sexually molesting a woman was not something he deserved to be in jail for) and then lectured the victim: “If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you … ” Hatch said that the victim was not to blame in the case, but that all women must be vigilant against becoming victims. “When you blame others, you give up your power to change,” Hatch said that her mother used to say.
I wonder if the judge would say that if the man had shot her? Or robbed her? Or if he’d stolen something from someone’s house (“If you hadn’t kept diamonds in your dresser, this wouldn’t have happened to you.”). Probably not. This sort of victim-blaming rarely extends beyond rape and sex crimes.
And how exactly is this not blameworthy? Isn’t part of the judge’s job to blame people and punish them? The jury certainly blamed Evans and found him guilty.
And as Echidne notes, why isn’t this logic applied to the men? If Evans hadn’t gotten drunk and if he’d kept his hands to himself, he’d still have his good reputation.

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