State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says that judges need better training in dealing with sexual assault cases after an appellate court reversed two unrelated rape cases where 16-year-old boys were to be tried as juveniles.
“It’s outrageous that we have judges serving today in New Jersey courtrooms who think it’s appropriate to downplay the severity of sexual assault perpetrated against young girls,” said Corrado. “The focus of those judges on protecting alleged rapists from the consequences of their vile actions is contrary to all of the advances we have made in recent years to help sexual assault victims pursue the justice they deserve.”
The judges are under fire for the comments they made while announcing their decisions rather than just their rulings.
Both of the judges involved are Republicans, and one, James Troiano, was the mayor of Cedar Grove – a town in Corrado’s district.
“It’s inconceivable that we still have judges demonstrating an antiquated mentality towards rape in our courtrooms,” Corrado said. “Whatever training these judges have gotten on handling sexual assault cases is clearly insufficient. The judiciary needs to develop a more effective training program that reflects the severity with which sexual assault is viewed in modern society.”