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Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town Paperback – January 12, 2016
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“An important, difficult and timely subject. . . . Meticulously reported, fascinating and deeply disturbing.” —USA Today
“Jon Krakauer began his career as an author of taut, finely reported outdoor adventures; seven books later, he emerges as the conscience of a nation.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“Missoula will be a touchstone of any future correction to the rape culture we live in.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Jon Krakauer began his career as an author of taut, finely reported outdoor adventures; seven books later, he emerges as the conscience of a nation. . . . Investigative reporters—and Krakauer is one of the craft’s finest practitioners, diligent, dogged, and artful—are nothing so much as trial attorneys with pens rather than costly silk ties.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“Compelling. . . . Meticulous. . . . Krakauer is a writer committed above all else to asking difficult questions. . . . [A] timely and important book.” —Los Angeles Times
“Meticulously reported, fascinating and deeply disturbing. . . . By probing the specific, Krakauer illuminates upsetting generalities. . . . Krakauer—a journalist who is also a compelling writer—artfully keeps the books from becoming a compendium of facts. . . . It’s an important, difficult and timely subject.” —USA Today
“Compelling. . . . Clear and dispassionate, offering level-headed, in-depth reportage.” —Chicago Tribune
“A narrative nonfiction page-turner. . . . Krakauer skillfully strengthens his sources’ recollections without taking away their agency.” —Buzzfeed
“A devastating exposé of colleges and local law enforcement. . . . A substantive deep dive into the morass of campus sex crimes, where the victim is too often treated like the accused.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A good and needed thing. . . . Powerful. . . . Krakauer has done a great service by taking on this subject.” —Newsweek
“Krakauer exposes the cavalier attitude of police, prosecutors and football fans toward victims of acquaintance rape in the Montana town full of fanatics for the University of Montana football team.” —The Denver Post
“A clear and undeniable picture of a broken system. . . . Krakauer’s straightforward writing resists sensationalism. . . . This is a book we all needed.” —Missoula Independent
“A harrowing read. . . . Missoula stands as both a reminder of the forces arrayed against women raising their voices, and of the tremendous power of the telling of their stories.” —The Toronto Star
“Krakauer’s evocative reporting, honed to a fine edge of anger, vividly conveys the ordeal of victims and their ongoing psychological dislocations. . . . A hard-hitting true-crime exposé that looks underneath the he-said-she-said to get at the sexist assumptions that help cover up and enable these crimes.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Riveting. . . . A raw and difficult but necessary read.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0804170568
- ISBN-13 : 978-0804170567
- Dimensions : 5.16 x 0.87 x 7.94 inches
- Publisher : Anchor; Reprint edition (January 12, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Especially in cases when the victim knows the assailant, the criminal justice system is weighted to protect the accused rather than the victim, as the author illustrates in several detailed examples. It's an uphill battle for sexual assault victims who report the crime. While research shows that false rape accusations are low (2-8%), they are constantly regarded with skepticism by law enforcement and very rarely prosecuted. This means these sex offenders are not held accountable, likely to reoffend (while becoming more adept at it), and free among society, while victims continue to suffer long-lasting effects (like PTSD) throughout their lives. In the rare instance that a case is prosecuted, a victim's trauma is not only "re-lived," but the victim is constantly vilified throughout the "justice" process. Victims are inevitably put on trial (unlike for other crimes, such as mugging). The rapists described in this book were considered decent, likable football players who enjoyed tremendous support from crazed, cult-like Griz fans - so the victims in the Missoula cases continued to be threatened by fans even after the trials were over.
There are usually several reasons why victims don't report rape to police (even after good evidence, such as lacerations and bruising, is gathered at rape centers, for example), and Krakauer does an incredible job of explaining these reasons, including how acquaintance rape can be so damaging and difficult in its own way. For example, whereas a victim of rape by a stranger may likely fight back immediately, a victim of acquaintance rape is often so shocked and confused by the sudden violence coming from a person known to them ("Is this really happening to me?"), that the victim reacts with a sort of temporary paralysis. The victim's behavior in the aftermath of the rape is then scrutinized (and put on trial by the defense in the rare case that is prosecuted).
Loads of appreciation and admiration to Jon Krakauer, for another book of incredibly insightful reporting, and for increasing public understanding on the challenging subject of acquaintance rape.
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Now I can only imagine what actually happens with the victims in a third world prejudice-ridden country like India. The shock, the trauma, the humiliation, the raw pain (both physical and mental), and then the experience of unkind treatment by the society (sometimes by police and lawmakers as well) that the victim faces after the tragic incident, it is almost imperceptible for general people (even with sincere sympathy or compassion towards them) to realize the situation. The victim herself (in most situations) becomes a taboo, sometimes for life.
Jon Krakauer is famous for his previous well-known books like "Into The Wild" or "Into Thin Air" etc which explores very different kind of topics than this one. And the way he tackled this book is examplery, brilliant. His mission was not just the descriptive analysis of the happenings before and after an incident of sexual assault; he's exposed the causes, contexts, fallacies, prejudices and tendencies that are typical with most cases. And more than the incident itself, those inhuman features attached to the incident is more gut wrenching.
Don't buy the book with the intention of a casual read. Because this is a sad book. Sometimes extremely disturbing. Sometimes eerily unnerving. You can't just read it casually.
Are we humans a hopeless creature?
A most difficult read, as a father, of a daughter, and of two sons.
KRAKAUER's reputation as an investigative journalist, with a large readership- hopefully will result in a more informed populace. Me-thinks that the women who come forward after being brutalized, display courage beyond reproach.
The process of revealing rape, allows for self-healing of the victim, and will affect a societal change that assures~ Mutual Respect !