A serial rapist also called “the pillowcase rapist” will be completely released from prison while activists protest against court decision. The release of Christopher Hubbart has outraged the community in Southern California, his place of residence.
Judges in Santa Clara County found the defendant doesn’t represent danger to the health and safety of others and can be absorbed by the society under normal circumstances.
After one of his victims, who was 14 years of age when she was raped reacted in the media, other protesters have joined to support her. People say they are terrified to the idea of living close to such a criminal.
Hubbart was released a while ago under the close surveillance of authorities. He used to carry a soft that notified the policemen about every wrong move that was made. During his days of freedom, Hubbart violated the conditions of his release when he let the power in his ankle monitor run too low for two times in a row.
In spite of the delicate turn of events, judge of Santa Clara Tribunal found he shouldn’t revoke the pillowcase rapist’s release. Crowds are furious and terrified at the news while Hubbart keeps his silent and calm position.
People are so reluctant of having him around that sometimes backfire with violence. During his first release, Hubbart was run off the road by one person and another pointed a toy gun on his guard.
Society still finds it hard to accept that people get punished and through punishment they can save themselves and others from disaster. It is not hard to imagine that a girl who was raped by the delinquent who is now on permanent release becomes terrified when hearing the news. But there’s always a band of outsiders that can create a balance between the outrageousness of a criminal being set free and the traumatized reaction of one of his victims.
No one could ever say Hubbart is innocent, what he has done is preposterous but he is paying the price of public revolt for that. He has already been stigmatized and rejected by society who fenced him with hatred, fear and prejudice. Just maybe he could live with all that burden where he can only feel those high fences and not see them.
In the mean time, victims and criminals all deserve their healing. A revolt should end in peace in the same way a criminal could into a normal person. Silence is sometimes the cradle of healing and progress.