Robb Gary Evans, a former Arizona police officer, was tried and convicted of raping a woman in a bar last summer. Evans got into the bar by flashing his bade so that he could get in without paying. He proceeded to “then walked up behind a woman, put his hand up her skirt, and ran his fingers over her genitals.” A jury found him guilty of sexual abuse. The felony carries a maximum sentence of two and a half years in prison. He was also fired by the AZ police department.
However, Arizona Judge Jacqueline Hatch decided that two years in jail was not something that Evans should endure and sentenced him to 100 hours of community service. In so doing, she also made it that Evans would not have to register as a sex offender.
Hatch, though, decided to have some harsh words for Evans’ victim. She stated that bad things can happen in bars, and that others may have been more intoxicated than the victim was. Hatch also stated that “If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you.” She also told the victim that neither of them would be happy with the sentence that was handed down, but that it was her duty to find ‘an appropriate sentence’.
Hatch went on to tell the victim, in open court, “I hope you look at what you’ve been through and try to take something positive out of it. You learned a lesson about friendship and you learned a lesson about vulnerability.” Hatch went on to say that the victim was not to blame in the case, and that all women must be vigilant against becoming victims. She quoted her mother stating “When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”
The victim has asked for an apology for the offensive comments and noted that if it hadn’t been her, Evans would still have assaulted someone.
Editorially speaking, Judge Hatch is blaming the victim here. Her entire mentality is that ‘boys will be boys’, and are not responsible for their actions even if those actions violate the personal space of a woman. She also advanced the male-centric idea that a woman’s body is not her own if a man wants to take it.
Living in constant fear of being molested or abused is not something that any woman should have to endure, but it appears that it is something that Hatch, an appointee of Governor Jan Brewer, does not seem to care about. This woman was violated and justice was not served due to the antiquated beliefs of this judge who, basically, just told Evans that he can get away with assaulting a woman.