Homeless Woman Stands Up to Her Rapist in Powerful Way

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A 47-year-old homeless woman from Columbus, Ohio, was so determined for her rapist to receive his full legal punishment, she occasionally walked up to eight miles to the courthouse to attend his court hearings. Of her extraordinary efforts to cooperate in his prosecution, she said, “I didn’t want to see him do it to anyone else. If he would do that to me, imagine what he might do to his next victim.”

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The unnamed woman was sleeping under a bridge during the afternoon of March 12 when she awoke to a stranger attacking her. While she usually stayed in the area with her then-boyfriend, she was alone at the time — and unable to defend herself from his assault. He hit her in the head repeatedly and forced intercourse before leaving her battered and bleeding. She was able to get to a convenience store afterward and ask a clerk to call the police, and DNA from her subsequent medical examination eventually led officials to arrest Paul E. Hubert, 54.

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Hubert told police that he had paid her for sex, but her injuries told a different story. The case was scheduled to go to trial this week, but with the woman prepared to testify, Hubert agreed to a plea deal. According to a police detective with the sexual assault unit,

He was counting on her not showing up. If it wasn’t for her cooperation, he would have walked.

Despite being homeless and not having transportation, the woman found her way to at least a half-dozen court dates in the past 11 months, sometimes getting bus passes from prosecutors, other times panhandling for bus fare. She walked to the courthouse at least twice, a journey that took about three hours.

Hubart’s plea agreement sentenced him to three years in prison, and he must also register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life. The woman he attacked says that while she wishes he had received a longer jail sentence, she’s satisfied with the outcome — although it will clearly take her some time to heal from what he did:

He didn’t get as much time as I thought he should, but he’s getting his due justice. He has to report for the rest of his life. I just have to have these feelings for the rest of my life. I only have to report to myself.

That's an amazing amount of resolve she showed over a long period of time, continually making it to the court regardless of her personal circumstances. I hope she's able to find some measure of peace from the sentencing, and that she gets off the streets soon and into a safer environment.

Are you impressed by what this woman did to make sure her rapist got jail time?


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