Rape and the Justice System in A College Town

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Chronicles the experiences of several women in Missoula, Montana, who claimed to be raped by University of Montana football players, highlighting the inequities of the law in regard to rape allegations and the treatment of rape victims and perpetrators.
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HCL_staff_reviews Mar 14, 2018

A detailed look at several rape cases as they traveled through the system in the college town of Missoula, Montana. From the initial crimes to the mishandling of the cases to the trials (or lack thereof). It's a brutal, eye-opening read. — Chuck K., Brookdale Library

samcmar Feb 27, 2018

This was such an insightful read that showcases just how unfair and messed up the justice system is towards rape and rape victims. My heart wept for the women in this book and the lack of justice they got. The writing in this book is very informative and sympathetic, and the author does a good job of showing his evidence towards how Missoula County Court System handled these cases.

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.

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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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