Title: Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publish Date: April 21, 2015
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Missoula, Montana is a
typical college town, home to a highly regarded state university whose
beloved football team inspires a passionately loyal fan base. Between
January 2008 and May 2012, hundreds of students reported sexual assaults
to the local police. Few of the cases were properly handled by either
the university or local authorities. In this, Missoula is also typical.
these pages, acclaimed journalist Jon Krakauer investigates a spate of
campus rapes that occurred in Missoula over a four-year period. Taking
the town as a case study for a crime that is sadly prevalent throughout
the nation, Krakauer documents the experiences of five victims: their
fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the skepticism directed at them by
police, prosecutors, and the public; their bravery in pushing forward
and what it cost them. These stories cut through abstract ideological
debate about acquaintance rape to demonstrate that it does not happen
because women are sending mixed signals or seeking attention. They are
victims of a terrible crime, deserving of fairness from our justice
system. Rigorously researched, rendered in incisive prose, Missoula stands as an essential call to action."
My Two Cents:
"Missoula," Jon Krakauer, author of other books like "Into the Wild,"
he explores a bunch of rape cases that occurred at the University of
Montana. Although he looks at one place, he explores a lot of issues
surrounding rapes at college campuses around the country. UM had a
stunning number of rape accusations and Krakauer explores where these
came from and for lack of a better phrase, the complete chaos in which
they were dealt (or not so dealt with). I have really enjoyed some of
Krakauer's other books and I have family that lives in Missoula so I was
very drawn to this book. This is a very powerful, albeit disturbing
One thing that I have really liked about Krakauer's other
books as well as this one is how he looks at a story from so many
different angles. He doesn't jump to conclusions and he doesn't
necessarily want his readers to jump to conclusions either. He does
interviews and deep digs on both sides of the issue in this book and
what he finds is completely mind boggling in my opinion. It is
completely outrageous when culture seems to trump justice as it does in
the issue of the Missoula rapes. It's truly sad!
Krakauer does a
great job of bringing readers right into the fray of what happened in
this small college town. His writing made me feel like I was
experiencing the very real feelings and fears of the people in the book.
The subject matter is difficult to read but oh so necessary.