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Magistrate who suggested a rape victim had ‘buyer’s remorse’ is counselled about sensitivity 

Magistrate who suggested a rape victim had ‘buyer’s remorse’ after hearing she called a sexual assault hotline the morning after her attack is counselled about sensitivity

  • Magistrate Richard Pithouse ‘acknowledged the shortcomings of his approach’
  • He made comments to woman regarding 2018 compensation claim in rape case
  • He suggested victim had ‘buyer’s remorse’ after hearing she called crisis line
  • The Judicial Commission of Victoria on Tuesday said it had closed investigation

A Victorian magistrate has been counselled after suggesting a rape victim had experienced ‘buyer’s remorse’.

Magistrate Richard Pithouse ‘acknowledged the shortcomings of his approach’ after making the comments to the woman regarding a 2018 compensation claim in a rape case.

The Judicial Commission of Victoria on Tuesday said it had closed its investigation into Mr Pithouse’s conduct, after he received counselling from Chief Magistrate Lisa Hannan.

Magistrate Richard Pithouse (pictured) ‘acknowledged the shortcomings of his approach’ after making the comments to the woman regarding a 2018 compensation claim in a rape case

The commission last year found Mr Pithouse ‘infringed the standards generally expected of a judicial officer’.

He suggested the victim had experienced ‘buyer’s remorse’ after being told she called a sexual assault crisis line the morning after the incident.

Mr Pithouse also remarked ‘intoxication is not an excuse for the purposes of the Tribunal’ and said the woman had ‘put herself in that position’.

The commission labelled the ‘buyer’s remorse’ remark highly inappropriate and insensitive, and said the comments about alcohol could ‘reasonably be construed as victim-blaming’.

Mr Pithouse was subsequently counselled about the need to exercise sensitivity, courtesy and respect including to those who had experienced family violence.

‘The officer accepted the criticisms of his conduct and acknowledged the shortcomings of his approach,’ the commission said on Tuesday.

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