Rape and the Justice System in A College Town

Book - 2015
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Examines sexual assaults at the University of Montana to reveal the prevalence of rape on American campuses, explaining why vicitims are reluctant to report the crime and chronicling the experiences of serveral women from on the Missoula campus.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385538732
Branch Call Number: 362.88309 K858m 2015
Characteristics: xiv, 367 pages ; 25 cm


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Krakauer scores again in this account of the alleged rape of a co-ed by a star football player, in a town where football is king.

"It is very tempting to take the side of the perpetrator. All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing. He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil. The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain. The victim demands action, eng... Read More »

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Jan 24, 2018

I was perplexed at a couple of the incidents outlined in this book. In one, the girl and boy are both drunk and agree, in front of witnesses, to go have sex together in her room. The dorm room they go to has two other people sleeping in it. The girl later says she'd changed her mind and that the ensuing sex acts (oral, digital) were rape. The boy says the opposite and thought she'd enjoyed it. At no point did she call out or protest loudly enough to wake the other people asleep in the room. And yet, she is completely victimized and the boy totally vilified in this book. Other victims' stories in this book were awful and heartbreaking, but is there no culpability whatsoever for the girl who agrees to have sex with someone and then takes him to her room? She is outraged that he is not prosecuted to the fullest. I don't know.... this episode and one other in the book didn't seem to fit.

Aug 31, 2017

The hubby was planning on listening to the audio version of this title, so I thought I'd grab the book from the library. The author is a fave of ours (Into Thin Air and Into The Wild both being awesome reads), so I knew this would be another great one. Now, let me start off by saying I don't mean "great" as in "happy-go-lucky" or "sunshine and butterflies". This is a very difficult subject - rape (specifically non-stranger sexual assault). I felt it sort of read like an episode of Law & Order: SVU, but the victims in these cases were real. It is an absolute shame how sexual assault is treated in the justice system, but maybe a book like this may shed some light on the issues and bring about change. I would strongly urge college age women give his book a read. Rapists are not only men hiding in bushes, wearing ski masks, they can be people who you deeply love and trust. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

DCPL_Brian Dec 19, 2016

Missoula is another timely work of long form journalism by Jon Krakauer. Krakauer uses his unique voice and engaging storytelling to tackle the issue of college rape culture in this disturbing look at a typical public university in Montana.

AL_LESLEY Nov 09, 2016

That a book on non-stranger rape has become so widely read is amazing. Though some of the court transcripts can be repetitive and dry isn't that a representation of the reality? I rather think that adds to the book and the understanding of how our justice system, both police investigations and court proceedings, works and the struggle that exists to acknowledge the prevalence of rape mythology. This book is an amazing step in the right direction, a challenge to each person to open their eyes and examine their own biases and misconceptions. I haven't ended up hating Missoula or football players and I believe Krakauer was fair in his representation of Missoula as an example of colleges across the entire country and the problem that most refuse to acknowledge as such. I listened to the audio and the narrator was great.

Sep 02, 2016

I will forever read anything Jon Krakauer writes. His type of journalistic storytelling is compelling and makes his books difficult to put down. This book's subject matter is a tough read. It is sad, upsetting, and incredibly frustrating and does not have a happy ending. But is great place to start conversations from regarding our justice system and the handling of sexual violence. I highly recommend it but it is not for the faint of heart.

Aug 26, 2016

Every mother, father, and child (in mid to late teen years) needs to read this book. Especially girls getting ready to attend college. Such a great book that sheds light on decades of truth in the dating and friendship worlds.

Aug 08, 2016

Krakauer is always good at his research and this is no exception. He has thoroughly investigated the "rape crisis" in Missoula. An interesting read for those wanting to know more about this societal problem, especially since the Brock Turner (Stanford swimmer) case recently was in the news.

Aug 08, 2016

A Must Read for EVERY parent. How do we raise men that can simultaneously be respectful of all life, and still know when to assert themselves in emergency situations?

How can we raise women confident enough to avoid placing themselves in high risk & no win situations?

How can we as parents ensure young adults behave with maturity and accountability for themselves?

No easy answers.

AL_JILLA Aug 04, 2016

Great read. I enjoyed the information and the courtroom scenes. I found myself getting very frustrated with the way the lawyers tried to get their obviously guilty clients off, but knowing this is how things work in the court systems, all I could do was continue to read and hope things will one day change.

Jul 26, 2016

I wish I had read this before going to college, it would have provided so much insight into the misconceptions of rape and especially non-stranger rape. This truly should be required reading for young people so that stereotypes and misconceptions of sexual assault are analyzed and meaningful changes can be made.

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Aug 26, 2016

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Jun 25, 2016

Krakauer uses a recent controversy at the university in Missoula to look how men who rape women they know are protected by custom, police attitudes, prosecutoral prejudice, and legal procedures from consequences. The women are left with fear and therapy.


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