“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“
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
There was one thing that most surprised me while I was reading Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer. I was not surprised to read the statistics about the amount of acquaintance rapes that occur on college campuses; I was not surprised by the invalidating reaction a large amount of people had toward the victims, and I was not surprised by the very few punishments that occurred for the men in this book. No, what was most surprising was a series of events authenticating how hard-wired the justice system, particularly the prosecution, are toward the criminal act of sexual assault, and, sadly, their positive attitudes toward the accused and away from the victim.
In Missoula, Krakauer examines the rape culture that currently permeates in the minds of the citizens of Missoula, MT. Krakauer tells the stories of several different women who have suffered from sexual assault at the hands of men they knew and went to college with. He follows their stories from the occurrence of the crime, to the aftermath, and, for very few, to the courts. Even rarer, Krakauer follows this stories to justice for the victim.