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Return to Book. Preview — Missoula by Jon Krakauer. Missoula, Montana, is a typical college town, with a highly regarded state university, bucolic surroundings, a lively social scene, and an excellent football team — the Grizzlies — with a rabid fan base. The Department of Justice investigated sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January and May Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities.
In this, Missoula is also typical. A DOJ report released in December of estimateswomen between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four are raped each year.
Acquaintance rape is a crime like no other. Unlike burglary or embezzlement or any other felony, the victim often comes under more suspicion than the alleged perpetrator.
This is especially true if the victim is sexually active; if she had been drinking prior to the assault — and if the man she accuses plays on a popular sports team. The vanishingly small but highly publicized incidents of false accusations are often used to dismiss her claims in the press. This brutal reality goes a long way towards explaining why acquaintance rape is the most underreported crime in America. In addition to physical trauma, its victims often suffer devastating psychological damage that le to feelings of shame, emotional paralysis and stigmatization.
In Missoula, Krakauer chronicles the searing experiences of several women in Missoula — the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the way they were treated by the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them.
Some of them went to the police. Some declined to go to the police, or to press charges, but sought redress from the university, which has its own, non-criminal judicial process when a student is accused of rape. In two cases the police agreed to press charges and the district attorney agreed to prosecute. One case led to a conviction; one to an acquittal. The university expelled three of the accused rapists, but one was reinstated by state officials in a secret proceeding. One district attorney testified for an alleged Thin Missoula guy for heavy girl at his university hearing.
Missoula: rape and the justice system in a college town
College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous, or drunk, or send mixed als, or feel guilty about casual sex, or seek attention. They are the victims of a terrible crime and deserving of compassion from society and fairness from a justice system that is clearly broken. Get A Copy. Hardcovers. More Details Original Title.
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Hi, everyone. I'm doing a project on this book for my "Dark side of Humanity" project for English, and we're supposed to pick out the main characters. However, I can't seem to narrow it down.
Amy Curtiss I think the lawyer Kristin Pabst would be one, and I think the author spent more time on the trials of Jordan Johnson and Beau Donaldson than other pe …more I think the lawyer Kristin Pabst would be one, and I think the author spent more time on the trials of Jordan Johnson and Beau Donaldson than other people in the book.
Allison especially plays a bigger role in the book than some of the other women because she seems to have been a catalyst for other women to report assaults that they had suffered. How much does the book cost - pretty obvious question I would think!? Marj See all 4 questions about Missoula…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 11, Emily May rated it it was amazing Shelves: feminism, nonfiction. Absolutely gripping. The subject matter is one close to my heart, but after reading this and Krakauer's Under the Banner of HeavenI'm starting to think he can make any subject interesting with his emotive and engaging writing style. Who knows?
We shall see. I followed a of the cases the author writes abo Absolutely gripping. I followed a of the cases the author writes about but I didn't know the extent to which law enforcement failed the rape victims at the University of Montana. Krakauer draws directly from interview transcripts to show how reluctant police were to prosecute accused rapists, even when they actually did have a good amount of evidence against them.
Police refused to speak to key eyewitnesses, disregarded DNA and blood evidence, and one prosecutor later testified at a UofM hearing that the victim was "fuzzy" as to whether she gave consent, even though the interview transcript shows the victim clearly stating she said "no" and "stop" multiple times. The book offers a deep criticism of a system that puts the desire to win cases before the desire for justice, and the desire to protect the future of Thin Missoula guy for heavy girl rapists over the desire to protect further young women from being raped.
Informative, accessible and powerful. An important subject tackled by a truly fantastic writer. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube View all 21 comments. Rape in unique. No other crime is so fraught with controversy, so enmeshed in dispute and in the politics of gender and sexuality. This book is not an easy read.
It is however a book that should be read.
It really should be required reading in high school and early college years. Not just for the boys either. Girls need this book too. I wish I could do this book justice in a review. I just don't think I can encompass it well enough. Just read this book people. Even if you hate the way Jon Kra Rape in unique. Even if you hate the way Jon Krakauer writes it still has a message that needs to be read.
Krakauer focuses on the Missoula area, that does not mean that these stories are limited to that area. It was just the area chosen to focus on what is a epidemic that needs stopped.
Several women are focused on in this book. Some of their stories involve the fact that they had consumed alcohol before their rapes. They may have known their rapists.