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Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town (2015)

de Jon Krakauer

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From bestselling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana ­-- stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape. 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 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. 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 2014 estimates 110,000 women between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four are raped each year. Krakauer's devastating narrative of what happened in Missoula makes clear why rape is so prevalent on American campuses, and why rape victims are so reluctant to report assault. 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. If the case goes to trial, the woman's entire personal life becomes fair game for defense attorneys. 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 leads to feelings of shame, emotional paralysis and stigmatization. PTSD rates for rape victims are estimated to be 50%, higher than soldiers returning from war. 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. Those women courageous enough to press charges or to speak publicly about their experiences were attacked in the media, on Grizzly football fan sites, and/or to their faces. 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 rapist at his university hearing. She later left the prosecutor's office and successfully defended the Grizzlies' star quarterback in his rape trial. The horror of being raped, in each woman's case, was magnified by the mechanics of the justice system and the reaction of the community. Krakauer's dispassionate, carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape. College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous, or drunk, or send mixed signals, 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.… (més)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 61 (següent | mostra-les totes)
I typically enjoy Krakauer's books - interesting topics, well-researched, plenty of dialogue and personal stories. This book was no different and even though it was very difficult to listen to, it was rewarding and important to hear. Rape is such a horrific crime and the catalog of wrongs committed against rape victims in this book was infuriating and devastating. I just felt so helpless and terrible listening to these stories. However, it is an important issue to keep in the limelight and discuss. One major complaints was the repetition near the end (some of the court proceedings and dialogue started to sound the same). The other was Krakauer's lack of solutions or recommendations for improving the issues on college campuses and in the legal system. I felt like he attacked the court system and police but never really thought about how to prevent rape from being so prevalent. Education and prevention would go further to eradicate rape culture than increasing convictions, though I agree that too many victims are brushed aside by the judicial system. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
That was so, so heavy. And informative. And rage-inducing. This is a must-read, especially for people in college or working for a university. Rape culture is real, and it starts by telling victims that unwanted sexual attention or activity is their fault. Krakauer packs a lot of necessary punches in debunking such a damaging accusation.

I do wish Krakauer had addressed male rape, but I understand that it could and should be its own study. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
This is a well- researched book on the rape culture that exists at the University of Montana, and by extension our society. It also describes the shortcomings of our legal system. Unfortunately, both are fueled by narrow-minded adulation of sports figures and outdated beliefs about rape. This book will hopefully add to the dialogue needed to change both. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
I listened to this book on Audible Audio. I found it to be disturbing and upsetting.

At times this was a difficult book to listen to. What these women went through, and were put through ,was disgusting. No wonder so many rapes are not reported, most especially in towns or schools where sports are all they have and the accused are star athletes. Being examined for a rape kit is like being raped all over again.

To have the families of the accused and the accused themselves badmouthing rape victims and rallying the support of the community AGAINST the victims was the worst part of this book for me. Luckily, one of the rape victims actually had the rapist on tape, admitting what he had done. If not for that, she would have ended up like the other main victim in this story-badmouthed and avoided socially, while her rapist walked free.

Contrary to popular opinion, not all rape claims are lies. Not every woman lies so that her boyfriend won't find out she cheated. Not every woman lies to attract attention and have some drama in her life. (I cannot even believe that some people argue that, knowing what these women have to go through.)

This book is full of statistics and at times, the reading is a little dry. I felt that the second trial portions went on a bit too long and for that, I deducted one star.

Other than that, I think this book should be mandatory reading for all women, but most especially for women of college age. Protect yourself, ladies, it's a harsh world out there. ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
First of all, I read this on audio, and audiobooks will always be game changers for me in the reading world. I own this book in paperback, but you guys have seen my physical book stack. It's laughable. Nonfiction audiobooks change. the. game.
Second, Krakauer's stuff is good. He's truly one of my favorite nonfiction writers because, not only does he do his research, he tells a story. I love reading books that not only tell a story but teach me new things or tell me more about a topic I want to continue learning or becoming more knowledgeable about.
Third, this book's contents make me SO angry, as all conversation about rape tends to do. I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here so I won't go off on a tangent. But for the people who still don't understand why rape is so insanely underreported ... do some research, educate yourself, grab a couple books to read. Hey, maybe even add this one to your list while you're at it. (TW: detailed situations of abuse, sexual assault, and rape)
I am mad. I was mad through this whole book.
Survivors, I stand with you, always. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Feb 18, 2020 |
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"Nevertheless, by grappling so rigorously with this issue and with the myriad ways women are traumatized and retraumatized by seeking justice through the institutions that claim to serve us, Krakauer's investigation will succeed in altering the conversation around sexual violence in ways women's experience alone has not."
 
"As he has done so brilliantly in his other books — “Into Thin Air” and “Under the Banner of Heaven” among them — he sets the story firmly in the context of social history. "
afegit per bookfitz | editaBoston Globe, William McKeen (Apr 20, 2015)
 
The last part of “Missoula” is devoted to Mr. Johnson’s trial, with extensive you-are-there courtroom time. It says a lot about the rest of the book — which is as crowded and painful as it is eye-opening, though it would have benefited from more of Mr. Krakauer’s thoughts and presence — that the trial is its most gripping section. For that, the author can thank Kirsten Pabst, who first appears as a Missoula County prosecutor whom the author portrays as blatantly sympathetic to the hunks accused of rape and showing no interest in their accusers. Partway through the book, she quits that job, goes into private practice and becomes one of Mr. Johnson’s defense lawyers.
afegit per ozzer | editaNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Apr 19, 2015)
 

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Rape is unique. No other violent crime is so fraught with controversy, so enmeshed in dispute and in the politics of gender and sexuality... And within the domain of rape, the most highly charged area of debate concerns the issue of false allegations. For centuries, it has been asserted and assumed that women "cry rape," that a large proportion of rape allegations are maliciously concocted for purposes of revenge or other motives. —David Lisak, Lori Gardinier, Sarah C. Nicksa, and Ashley M. Cote, "False Allegations of Sexual Assault", Violence Against Women, December 2010
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From bestselling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana ­-- stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape. 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 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. 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 2014 estimates 110,000 women between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four are raped each year. Krakauer's devastating narrative of what happened in Missoula makes clear why rape is so prevalent on American campuses, and why rape victims are so reluctant to report assault. 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. If the case goes to trial, the woman's entire personal life becomes fair game for defense attorneys. 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 leads to feelings of shame, emotional paralysis and stigmatization. PTSD rates for rape victims are estimated to be 50%, higher than soldiers returning from war. 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. Those women courageous enough to press charges or to speak publicly about their experiences were attacked in the media, on Grizzly football fan sites, and/or to their faces. 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 rapist at his university hearing. She later left the prosecutor's office and successfully defended the Grizzlies' star quarterback in his rape trial. The horror of being raped, in each woman's case, was magnified by the mechanics of the justice system and the reaction of the community. Krakauer's dispassionate, carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape. College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous, or drunk, or send mixed signals, 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.

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