Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town PDF

Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town PDF


Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town [EPUB] ✺ Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town ✿ Jon Krakauer – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 behin and the MOBI · 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 Rape and the Justice System Epub / 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 Missoula Rape Kindle - 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 estimates 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 Rape and the PDF/EPUB å and why rape victims are so reluctant to report assault Acuaintance rape is a crime like no other Unlike burglary or embezzlement or any other felony the victim often comes under 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 Rape and the Justice System Epub / 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 acuaintance 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 % 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 acuittal Those women courageous enough to press charges or to speak publicly about their experiences were attacked in the media on Grizzly football fan sites andor 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 uarterback 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.


10 thoughts on “Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    Absolutely gripping The subject matter is one close to my heart but after reading this and Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven I'm starting to think he can make any subject interesting with his emotive and engaging writing style Who knows? Maybe I can even get myself interested in mountaineering and tackle Into Thin Air or Eiger DreamsWe shall seeAnyway Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town is extremely horrifying I followed a number 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 Most people know that it is hard to prosecute in rape cases the ol' he saidshe said etc but what is especially astounding here is how much evidence was ignored by detectives and how interviews were conducted that assumed blame toward the victim and innocence toward the accused 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 timesThe 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 suspected rapists over the desire to protect further young women from being rapedInformative accessible and powerful An important subject tackled by a truly fantastic writer Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube


  2. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    Rape in uniue No other crime is so fraught with controversy so enmeshed in dispute and in the politics of gender and sexualityThis book is not an easy read It is however a book that should be read It really should be reuired reading in high school and early college years Not just for the boys either Girls need this book tooI 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 Krakauer writes it still has a message that needs to be readKrakauer 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 They might even have engaged in some foreplay with these guys Does that mean that when they said no that their NO wasn't as valid as that woman on the street being jumped by that unknown guy that is raping her? Hell no Then when the woman does work up the nerve to actually tell someone that she was raped She gets a trip to the clinic for a forensic rape testFor the next four hours I was essentially raped all over again I had to stand completely naked on a white sheet and let a nurse brush my entire body to collect evidence that might contain his DNA Victim's Name most private recesses were probed combed swabbed photographed and intensely scrutinized by strangersVictims have to be interviewed by police officers who always ask Do you have a boyfriend? They have to make sure the victim is not in fact someone that cheated and is using this as an excuse for their loved onesYou're just being a slut You're fucking other guys and you're trying to cover that up by saying you were rapedThen the public trial of the victims In one case a lawyer for the guy had a woman's roommates interviewed and her house watched There is even a female prosecutor in this book that declined filing criminal charges on one male and then testified in his behalf at the college Even though there was a taped confession that he did rape the female in uestionThis book shook me I'm sitting her even writing the review with chill bumps on my arms HOW DO WE STOP THIS????Changes need to be made so that when a female or male comes forward with a rape claim that they aren't treated like crap We need to change the fact that most rapes don't even get reported Changes need to be made and talking about it and getting upset enough to make our voices heard I'm the mom of both boys and girls I'm just completely gutted by this culture that's story is told in this book Booksource Library


  3. Roxane Roxane says:

    Short review Ban MenLonger review Horrifying look at rape culture at work in Missoula MT but also applicable everywhere The first half of the book is much stronger The second half is basically court transcripts I would have liked to see synthesis and author insight At the very end Krakauer is also like I had no idea it was this bad and that so many women were raped and now I know and it was kind of strange but I guess it was also honest What really struck me in this book is how it stated what so many of us already know there is little justice to be found where rape is concerned and we have a A LOT of work yet to do


  4. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    The book was brilliantly and exhaustively writtenThe system seems to be all women are guilty of getting themselves raped or if they aren't guilty it wasn't that bad And any efforts to accuse men Our Footballers especially will be seen as wicked girls who couldn't get a boyfriend or had some other contemptible and probably girlie motive Police will only prosecute rape when they are 100% sure of getting a conviction as that looks good on their record Advice to girls going to college 1 Do not go anywhere unaccompanied Preferably you should have an older female chaperone It would be best if you didn't go out after dark or to anywhere where males who drink congregate or even a football game2 Do not drink If you do and you are raped that will be sure to count against you Do not allow anyone you are with including a chaperone to drink if they do it will be sure to count against you3 Do not open your flatdorm door to anyone male This applies even to boys you went to kindergarten with and have been friends with for nearly 20 years Especially don't open the door to them because it is guaranteed to count against you4 Wear a burka It will be sure to count against you as you will be drawing attention to yourself but you won't be able to be accused of wearing inappropriate clothes that give men the wrong idea5 Do not ever go up to a man to talk to him congratulate him ask him for advice or just to say hey 'hey bro wassup?' That will definitely count against you6 If you are raped then you must scream at the top of your lungs and fight your attacker vigorously even if he outweighs you by over 100 lb his arm is cutting off your windpipe and by fighting you might be putting your life in danger If you don't then you are giving him the wrong idea that it's ok to have sex with you 7 You must go to the police who will have every sympathy with your attacker if he is a Football Star or just a nice young man Accusing him of rape will definitely count against you unless you can prove it 100% like have two witnesses there who didn't know each other and who each take photographs that would definitely count against him If you can prove it 100% you are well away as the police are always looking to improve their conviction rape statistics so they can get promoted8 If you are raped you must go to the hospital and have a rape kit done This will take longer than the rape it will definitely be as humiliating if not so and if you think it's all confidential in a small town think again The nurses who are not involved and other people walking past looking at you looking freaked are not bound by any rules of confidentiality You will be gossiped about and it will definitely count against you9 Should this get to court the whole of the prosecution will be there to prove that you are a slut who is just trying to get a really nice guy into trouble and ruin his career and education Probably because he didn't want to go out with you after sex or your boyfriend found out you screwed the guy10 Should you actually get a conviction this will definitely count against you Lots of people will think you are a nasty slut who just wanted to ruin etc etc and they will put it all over Facebook Twitter and slag you off as you pass them in the hallways or the streetSo what would have been better? Well to lie there and let the guy rape you and in the future instead of speaking to him just nod politely if he says hi he won't think he's done anything wrong he only had sex with you when you didn't really want it right? and be on your way That way you won't face public ignominy abuse slander and possibly having your educational career and life ruined Lie back and think of football Notes rants links and reviews when reading the bookview spoiler Update 1 Cecily's link to consent to sex is a lot like having a cup of teaUpdate 2 A rant I checked out this website AVM A Voice for Men This is nothing to do with the book It's just a two paragraph rant Then it's the book This is a sickening site Kids as young as 17 hating women Men saying that they watch the latest crop of women aged 18 who are untainted by feminism Men telling women to just get over it if they've been raped I hate to think of how their mothers would feel if they knew their sons no matter what age they are wrote on this sad site Men real men like women as friends as well as sex partners That means they have to be feminists too by any other name as you can only really be friends with an eual You can't be friends with a subordinate that's another kind of relationship Men real men love having sex with extremely enthusiastic women and are much less keen on the idea of sex with a woman who isn't interested and don't want it at all with women who hate the idea of having it with them and won't do it without being forced The web site thinks men like this aren't real men It's very sad So this website AVM seeks to denounce the institution of marriage as unsuitable and unsafe for modern man and to warm men and boys about the threat of feminists One of their main points is that it is not one in 4 women who will be sexually harrassed in college but only 2% of women in America over the course of their entire lives All other women malicious lying feminists who getting innocent men imprisoned It seems that they and uite a lot of policemen think that if an accusation of rape can't be taken to court then that 'proves' the woman must be lying Must be making a false accusation and therefore be a criminal herselfThese people should go and live in a Muslim country like Saudi Arabia UAE Somalia etc There are no not even one false accusations of rape Since the woman will be punished for being raped as it is she's hardly likely to complain of it anyway Robert O'Hara news director of AVM had a meeting with Nicole Brother of the English version of Al Jazeera He told her that a kabal of feminists are trying to silence AVM by saying they are crazy psychopaths view spoilerif the cap fits ; hide spoiler


  5. Alicen Alicen says:

    I will read anything Krakauer writes This book in particular is both powerful and necessary As he writes rather than being the nation's rape capital Missoula had an incidence of sexual assault in 2010 that was in fact slightly less than the national average That's the real scandal


  6. Alex Daniel Alex Daniel says:

    All right I'm going to be an assholeThat's really the only way this will come off isn't it? How can I explain that while I believe that the subject matter is incredibly important disturbing and heart wrenching that the book itself doesn't live up to the task? I love Jon Krakauer's work What I love most about his writing is the way that he uses very specific narratives to talk about and to illustrate a much broader point In INTO THE WILD he wrote about one man's purposeful isolation and how that reflects on all of our desire to similarly escape In UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN he wrote about two men's brutal killings and how that reflects on fundamentalism gone dangerously awry For MISSOULA the objective seemed clear enough by telling the tale of 2 3 women who were victims of sexual assault he'd talk broadly about how the justice system is brokenAnd in some ways Krakauer pulls this off When he does pull back to look at society at large the book works wonderfully The information here is devastating Krakauer is wise to pull much of his uotes from Judith Herman's excellent TRAUMA AND RECOVERY When Krakauer talks about these issues and how importantly they are he does so deftly and sensitively while never losing sight of the magnitude of the problem But I found that the individual narratives of the women were often bogged down Most of the information about these individual stories are court proceedings and much of our time in this book is spent with transcripts about what was said in court I understand that this keeps the book's veracity high but it doesn't make for great reading Ultimately there is a lot to like about MISSOULA It's scary without being sensationalist and Krakauer's clear eyed approach is difficult with such a sensitive topic I hope that people read the book and are inspired to check out TRAUMA AND RECOVERY Even if they don't I think it'd be impossible to walk away from this without some sense of indignature towards our sexual and judicial culture


  7. Jamie Jamie says:

    This is a painful frustrating teeth grinding angst inducing trigger filled must readFor those who think Krakauer is picking on Missoula or out to tarnish the image of a whole community get over it and read the book In the end he praises the University of Montana where my daughter goes to school for their improvements he lauds the Missoula police and highlights a weak spot for victims of sexual assault in the local justice system the County Attorney's office Will those in charge of prosecuting rapists actually improve their atrocious record of doing so? We can only hope


  8. Jen Jen says:

    This narrative shocked me; enraged me; then frightened me Krakauer exposes a rape culture that resides in the University of Missoula Montana Rape is the most under reported prevalent violent crime against women and often committed by men whom they are acuainted with This looks at 3 specific cases where the accused are football players No than 20% of rapes are reported Why? Just look at how they are adjudicated The victim re victimized and traumatized physically through the collection of evidence and emotionally through the retelling to school officials police lawyers Their own lives being scrutinized smeared The accused regarded as heroes; icons; untouchables; holding a sense of entitlement; impunity; immunity Krakauer debunks the rape myth that victims are drunk promiscuous or sending mixed messages Stats reflect this to be an issue of a much larger scale It’s an epidemic in the USI’d like to think being in Canada this doesn’t happen here I’d like to think that as my daughter prepares to embark on her university education in less than 12 months But that’s a fallacy The reality is rape is real and prevalent in these communities where victims know their assailants We need to be compassionate and supportive of these victims who are courageous enough to come forward We need to be advocates and also ensure our young men know what’s right what’s wrong and what is NOT ok EVER 4


  9. Tom Mathews Tom Mathews says:

    At the end of almost every audiobook the narrator comes on and says “We hope you have enjoyed this audio presentation of insert title This morning when I got to the end of Jon Krakauer's latest book and heard that I had to laugh No I did not enjoy Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town It is an excruciatingly painful book to read or listen to It describes in living Technicolor several gut wrenching sexual assaults and the years of psychological torment that the victims of those assaults must endure In addition it spotlights shortcomings in our criminal justice system that only exacerbate the torture and suffering these victims experienceAs painful as this book is to read though I believe that it is one that everyone should read There are too many myths and misconceptions about rape that need to be corrected When we hear the word rapist most of us picture some stranger in a ski mask breaking into an apartment armed with a knife While such assaults do happen 80 percent of rapes are perpetrated by people the victim knows and trusts Of all the cases discussed in this book the rapist was always considered a trusted friend by the victim Another myth that is commonly held is that if a girl is really being raped she will scream fight and do everything in her power up to and including risking her life to resist When police prosecutors and juries believe that acuaintances can’t be rapists or that submission signifies assent it is easy to see why rape is the most underreported violent crime on the booksI could say I want to say but I feel that if I started writing I would not stop until I had a review that was longer that the book I am reviewing I do want to point out one important thing which Krakauer made clear This book did not focus on Missoula and the University of Montana because rapes take place there than elsewhere In truth the rate for reported sexual assaults at the University of Montana is actually slightly less that the average The book shone a spotlight on Montana to show what the situation is like everywhereFYI On a 5 point scale I assign stars based on my assessment of what the book needs in the way of improvements5 Stars – Nothing at all If it ain’t broke don’t fix it4 Stars – It could stand for a few tweaks here and there but it’s pretty good as it is3 Stars – A solid C grade Some serious rewriting would be needed in order for this book to be considered great or memorable2 Stars – This book needs a lot of work A good start would be to change the plot the character development the writing style and the ending 1 Star The only thing that would improve this book is a good bonfire


  10. Caroline Caroline says:

    NO SPOILERSCommon rape fallacies1 Many women “cry rape” 2 Many rape victims are the ones who choose not to charge and prosecute their rapists 3 Most rapists don’t know their victims 4 Most rapists are punishedIf you think the United States is one of the most forward thinking countries when it comes to this monstrous crime if you think police do everything in their power to protect rape victims if you think most people understand rape in general you’d be sorely mistaken and you are meant to read this book Drawing on rock solid research renowned investigative reporter Jon Krakauer expertly tore apart every myth surrounding rape and covered so much in this crucial work of nonfiction He began by putting a human face on a crime that affects a mind boggling number of women and men but Krakauer focused on women by opening with the story of one rape victim then deftly moving on to a handful of others Missoula’s hook is immediate and thanks to Krakauer’s signature fluid writing this book reads like an engrossing work of fiction; read the first few pages of chapter one and just try to set this asideHe chose Missoula Montana very deliberately It’s a typical college town and Krakauer wanted to highlight the widespread epidemic of campus rape Additionally Missoula in particular has been hit especially hard by allegations of campus sexual assault and rape Finally and an absolutely essential point this is a town whose residents are thoroughly enraptured by the University of Montana football team the Grizzlies In fact the fandom is so impassioned and their loyalty so blind and all consuming that the town is lovingly dubbed “Grizzlyville” All rape victims not just those in college rarely see justice served but Krakauer’s decision to home in specifically on college football–obsessed Missoula couldn’t have worked perfectly to underscore a horrifying general truth uite simply it is this if your rapist happens to be beloved expect the worst from the criminal justice system and scathing inexorable torment from the public Woe to the Missoula victim whose rapist happens to be a revered “Griz” Krakauer presented staggering statistics that no doubt will enrage and stun most readers to the core and painted a damning portrait of the criminal justice system The crime is disgracefully handled almost across the board and that is a crime in itself So many of these failures could be prevented if the complexity of rape and victims’ often counterintuitive responses while being raped were genuinely just understood By the end there’s one thing Missoula has made abundantly clear extensive education on rape is desperately needed for all As things stand now in supposedly enlightened 2016 much of the public and far too many police officers and lawyers remain disturbingly misinformed It must be stated that because Missoula addresses shortcomings in how the criminal justice system handles rape it’s focused on a handful of victims Given the topic it has to be This is not to say however that it’s biased The other side didn’t get the short end of the stick; very much on the contrary Every little fact was included Both sides were depicted fully Court transcripts were presented verbatim All research was meticulous to a fault Like all of Krakauer’s books in recent years Missoula is investigative Krakauer’s ability to remain dispassionate is one of the things that makes his writing so wondrous Don’t shelve Missoula on the to read list and allow it languish alongside that forgotten book you shelved in 2008 and the “should read” classic you know you’ll never read The time for this book is now Complementary documentary viewing Audrie and Daisy Following is a very short article about campus rape Specifically it concerns “a campaign called ‘Unacceptable Acceptance Letters’ which is an imagining in video form of what it would look like if colleges owned up to the problem of rape on their campuses and how they’re failing to address it right off the bat” Please read and watch May 27 2016 Shades of Missoula Baylor University Demotes President Kenneth Starr Over Handling of Sex Assault CasesUpdate June 9 2016 Judge sentences Stanford University student who raped unconscious fellow student to just six months in jail because a harsher penalty would have a 'severe impact' on the aspiring athlete March 25 2017 Nearly 15% of female undergraduates at UT Austin report being raped November 7 2019 Why I Froze and Smiled During My Sexual Assault


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10 thoughts on “Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    Absolutely gripping The subject matter is one close to my heart but after reading this and Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven I'm starting to think he can make any subject interesting with his emotive and engaging writing style Who knows? Maybe I can even get myself interested in mountaineering and tackle Into Thin Air or Eiger DreamsWe shall seeAnyway Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town is extremely horrifying I followed a number 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 Most people know that it is hard to prosecute in rape cases the ol' he saidshe said etc but what is especially astounding here is how much evidence was ignored by detectives and how interviews were conducted that assumed blame toward the victim and innocence toward the accused 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 timesThe 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 suspected rapists over the desire to protect further young women from being rapedInformative accessible and powerful An important subject tackled by a truly fantastic writer Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  2. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    Rape in uniue No other crime is so fraught with controversy so enmeshed in dispute and in the politics of gender and sexualityThis book is not an easy read It is however a book that should be read It really should be reuired reading in high school and early college years Not just for the boys either Girls need this book tooI 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 Krakauer writes it still has a message that needs to be readKrakauer 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 They might even have engaged in some foreplay with these guys Does that mean that when they said no that their NO wasn't as valid as that woman on the street being jumped by that unknown guy that is raping her? Hell no Then when the woman does work up the nerve to actually tell someone that she was raped She gets a trip to the clinic for a forensic rape testFor the next four hours I was essentially raped all over again I had to stand completely naked on a white sheet and let a nurse brush my entire body to collect evidence that might contain his DNA Victim's Name most private recesses were probed combed swabbed photographed and intensely scrutinized by strangersVictims have to be interviewed by police officers who always ask Do you have a boyfriend? They have to make sure the victim is not in fact someone that cheated and is using this as an excuse for their loved onesYou're just being a slut You're fucking other guys and you're trying to cover that up by saying you were rapedThen the public trial of the victims In one case a lawyer for the guy had a woman's roommates interviewed and her house watched There is even a female prosecutor in this book that declined filing criminal charges on one male and then testified in his behalf at the college Even though there was a taped confession that he did rape the female in uestionThis book shook me I'm sitting her even writing the review with chill bumps on my arms HOW DO WE STOP THIS????Changes need to be made so that when a female or male comes forward with a rape claim that they aren't treated like crap We need to change the fact that most rapes don't even get reported Changes need to be made and talking about it and getting upset enough to make our voices heard I'm the mom of both boys and girls I'm just completely gutted by this culture that's story is told in this book Booksource Library

  3. Roxane Roxane says:

    Short review Ban MenLonger review Horrifying look at rape culture at work in Missoula MT but also applicable everywhere The first half of the book is much stronger The second half is basically court transcripts I would have liked to see synthesis and author insight At the very end Krakauer is also like I had no idea it was this bad and that so many women were raped and now I know and it was kind of strange but I guess it was also honest What really struck me in this book is how it stated what so many of us already know there is little justice to be found where rape is concerned and we have a A LOT of work yet to do

  4. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    The book was brilliantly and exhaustively writtenThe system seems to be all women are guilty of getting themselves raped or if they aren't guilty it wasn't that bad And any efforts to accuse men Our Footballers especially will be seen as wicked girls who couldn't get a boyfriend or had some other contemptible and probably girlie motive Police will only prosecute rape when they are 100% sure of getting a conviction as that looks good on their record Advice to girls going to college 1 Do not go anywhere unaccompanied Preferably you should have an older female chaperone It would be best if you didn't go out after dark or to anywhere where males who drink congregate or even a football game2 Do not drink If you do and you are raped that will be sure to count against you Do not allow anyone you are with including a chaperone to drink if they do it will be sure to count against you3 Do not open your flatdorm door to anyone male This applies even to boys you went to kindergarten with and have been friends with for nearly 20 years Especially don't open the door to them because it is guaranteed to count against you4 Wear a burka It will be sure to count against you as you will be drawing attention to yourself but you won't be able to be accused of wearing inappropriate clothes that give men the wrong idea5 Do not ever go up to a man to talk to him congratulate him ask him for advice or just to say hey 'hey bro wassup?' That will definitely count against you6 If you are raped then you must scream at the top of your lungs and fight your attacker vigorously even if he outweighs you by over 100 lb his arm is cutting off your windpipe and by fighting you might be putting your life in danger If you don't then you are giving him the wrong idea that it's ok to have sex with you 7 You must go to the police who will have every sympathy with your attacker if he is a Football Star or just a nice young man Accusing him of rape will definitely count against you unless you can prove it 100% like have two witnesses there who didn't know each other and who each take photographs that would definitely count against him If you can prove it 100% you are well away as the police are always looking to improve their conviction rape statistics so they can get promoted8 If you are raped you must go to the hospital and have a rape kit done This will take longer than the rape it will definitely be as humiliating if not so and if you think it's all confidential in a small town think again The nurses who are not involved and other people walking past looking at you looking freaked are not bound by any rules of confidentiality You will be gossiped about and it will definitely count against you9 Should this get to court the whole of the prosecution will be there to prove that you are a slut who is just trying to get a really nice guy into trouble and ruin his career and education Probably because he didn't want to go out with you after sex or your boyfriend found out you screwed the guy10 Should you actually get a conviction this will definitely count against you Lots of people will think you are a nasty slut who just wanted to ruin etc etc and they will put it all over Facebook Twitter and slag you off as you pass them in the hallways or the streetSo what would have been better? Well to lie there and let the guy rape you and in the future instead of speaking to him just nod politely if he says hi he won't think he's done anything wrong he only had sex with you when you didn't really want it right? and be on your way That way you won't face public ignominy abuse slander and possibly having your educational career and life ruined Lie back and think of football Notes rants links and reviews when reading the bookview spoiler Update 1 Cecily's link to consent to sex is a lot like having a cup of teaUpdate 2 A rant I checked out this website AVM A Voice for Men This is nothing to do with the book It's just a two paragraph rant Then it's the book This is a sickening site Kids as young as 17 hating women Men saying that they watch the latest crop of women aged 18 who are untainted by feminism Men telling women to just get over it if they've been raped I hate to think of how their mothers would feel if they knew their sons no matter what age they are wrote on this sad site Men real men like women as friends as well as sex partners That means they have to be feminists too by any other name as you can only really be friends with an eual You can't be friends with a subordinate that's another kind of relationship Men real men love having sex with extremely enthusiastic women and are much less keen on the idea of sex with a woman who isn't interested and don't want it at all with women who hate the idea of having it with them and won't do it without being forced The web site thinks men like this aren't real men It's very sad So this website AVM seeks to denounce the institution of marriage as unsuitable and unsafe for modern man and to warm men and boys about the threat of feminists One of their main points is that it is not one in 4 women who will be sexually harrassed in college but only 2% of women in America over the course of their entire lives All other women malicious lying feminists who getting innocent men imprisoned It seems that they and uite a lot of policemen think that if an accusation of rape can't be taken to court then that 'proves' the woman must be lying Must be making a false accusation and therefore be a criminal herselfThese people should go and live in a Muslim country like Saudi Arabia UAE Somalia etc There are no not even one false accusations of rape Since the woman will be punished for being raped as it is she's hardly likely to complain of it anyway Robert O'Hara news director of AVM had a meeting with Nicole Brother of the English version of Al Jazeera He told her that a kabal of feminists are trying to silence AVM by saying they are crazy psychopaths view spoilerif the cap fits ; hide spoiler

  5. Alicen Alicen says:

    I will read anything Krakauer writes This book in particular is both powerful and necessary As he writes rather than being the nation's rape capital Missoula had an incidence of sexual assault in 2010 that was in fact slightly less than the national average That's the real scandal

  6. Alex Daniel Alex Daniel says:

    All right I'm going to be an assholeThat's really the only way this will come off isn't it? How can I explain that while I believe that the subject matter is incredibly important disturbing and heart wrenching that the book itself doesn't live up to the task? I love Jon Krakauer's work What I love most about his writing is the way that he uses very specific narratives to talk about and to illustrate a much broader point In INTO THE WILD he wrote about one man's purposeful isolation and how that reflects on all of our desire to similarly escape In UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN he wrote about two men's brutal killings and how that reflects on fundamentalism gone dangerously awry For MISSOULA the objective seemed clear enough by telling the tale of 2 3 women who were victims of sexual assault he'd talk broadly about how the justice system is brokenAnd in some ways Krakauer pulls this off When he does pull back to look at society at large the book works wonderfully The information here is devastating Krakauer is wise to pull much of his uotes from Judith Herman's excellent TRAUMA AND RECOVERY When Krakauer talks about these issues and how importantly they are he does so deftly and sensitively while never losing sight of the magnitude of the problem But I found that the individual narratives of the women were often bogged down Most of the information about these individual stories are court proceedings and much of our time in this book is spent with transcripts about what was said in court I understand that this keeps the book's veracity high but it doesn't make for great reading Ultimately there is a lot to like about MISSOULA It's scary without being sensationalist and Krakauer's clear eyed approach is difficult with such a sensitive topic I hope that people read the book and are inspired to check out TRAUMA AND RECOVERY Even if they don't I think it'd be impossible to walk away from this without some sense of indignature towards our sexual and judicial culture

  7. Jamie Jamie says:

    This is a painful frustrating teeth grinding angst inducing trigger filled must readFor those who think Krakauer is picking on Missoula or out to tarnish the image of a whole community get over it and read the book In the end he praises the University of Montana where my daughter goes to school for their improvements he lauds the Missoula police and highlights a weak spot for victims of sexual assault in the local justice system the County Attorney's office Will those in charge of prosecuting rapists actually improve their atrocious record of doing so? We can only hope

  8. Jen Jen says:

    This narrative shocked me; enraged me; then frightened me Krakauer exposes a rape culture that resides in the University of Missoula Montana Rape is the most under reported prevalent violent crime against women and often committed by men whom they are acuainted with This looks at 3 specific cases where the accused are football players No than 20% of rapes are reported Why? Just look at how they are adjudicated The victim re victimized and traumatized physically through the collection of evidence and emotionally through the retelling to school officials police lawyers Their own lives being scrutinized smeared The accused regarded as heroes; icons; untouchables; holding a sense of entitlement; impunity; immunity Krakauer debunks the rape myth that victims are drunk promiscuous or sending mixed messages Stats reflect this to be an issue of a much larger scale It’s an epidemic in the USI’d like to think being in Canada this doesn’t happen here I’d like to think that as my daughter prepares to embark on her university education in less than 12 months But that’s a fallacy The reality is rape is real and prevalent in these communities where victims know their assailants We need to be compassionate and supportive of these victims who are courageous enough to come forward We need to be advocates and also ensure our young men know what’s right what’s wrong and what is NOT ok EVER 4

  9. Tom Mathews Tom Mathews says:

    At the end of almost every audiobook the narrator comes on and says “We hope you have enjoyed this audio presentation of insert title This morning when I got to the end of Jon Krakauer's latest book and heard that I had to laugh No I did not enjoy Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town It is an excruciatingly painful book to read or listen to It describes in living Technicolor several gut wrenching sexual assaults and the years of psychological torment that the victims of those assaults must endure In addition it spotlights shortcomings in our criminal justice system that only exacerbate the torture and suffering these victims experienceAs painful as this book is to read though I believe that it is one that everyone should read There are too many myths and misconceptions about rape that need to be corrected When we hear the word rapist most of us picture some stranger in a ski mask breaking into an apartment armed with a knife While such assaults do happen 80 percent of rapes are perpetrated by people the victim knows and trusts Of all the cases discussed in this book the rapist was always considered a trusted friend by the victim Another myth that is commonly held is that if a girl is really being raped she will scream fight and do everything in her power up to and including risking her life to resist When police prosecutors and juries believe that acuaintances can’t be rapists or that submission signifies assent it is easy to see why rape is the most underreported violent crime on the booksI could say I want to say but I feel that if I started writing I would not stop until I had a review that was longer that the book I am reviewing I do want to point out one important thing which Krakauer made clear This book did not focus on Missoula and the University of Montana because rapes take place there than elsewhere In truth the rate for reported sexual assaults at the University of Montana is actually slightly less that the average The book shone a spotlight on Montana to show what the situation is like everywhereFYI On a 5 point scale I assign stars based on my assessment of what the book needs in the way of improvements5 Stars – Nothing at all If it ain’t broke don’t fix it4 Stars – It could stand for a few tweaks here and there but it’s pretty good as it is3 Stars – A solid C grade Some serious rewriting would be needed in order for this book to be considered great or memorable2 Stars – This book needs a lot of work A good start would be to change the plot the character development the writing style and the ending 1 Star The only thing that would improve this book is a good bonfire

  10. Caroline Caroline says:

    NO SPOILERSCommon rape fallacies1 Many women “cry rape” 2 Many rape victims are the ones who choose not to charge and prosecute their rapists 3 Most rapists don’t know their victims 4 Most rapists are punishedIf you think the United States is one of the most forward thinking countries when it comes to this monstrous crime if you think police do everything in their power to protect rape victims if you think most people understand rape in general you’d be sorely mistaken and you are meant to read this book Drawing on rock solid research renowned investigative reporter Jon Krakauer expertly tore apart every myth surrounding rape and covered so much in this crucial work of nonfiction He began by putting a human face on a crime that affects a mind boggling number of women and men but Krakauer focused on women by opening with the story of one rape victim then deftly moving on to a handful of others Missoula’s hook is immediate and thanks to Krakauer’s signature fluid writing this book reads like an engrossing work of fiction; read the first few pages of chapter one and just try to set this asideHe chose Missoula Montana very deliberately It’s a typical college town and Krakauer wanted to highlight the widespread epidemic of campus rape Additionally Missoula in particular has been hit especially hard by allegations of campus sexual assault and rape Finally and an absolutely essential point this is a town whose residents are thoroughly enraptured by the University of Montana football team the Grizzlies In fact the fandom is so impassioned and their loyalty so blind and all consuming that the town is lovingly dubbed “Grizzlyville” All rape victims not just those in college rarely see justice served but Krakauer’s decision to home in specifically on college football–obsessed Missoula couldn’t have worked perfectly to underscore a horrifying general truth uite simply it is this if your rapist happens to be beloved expect the worst from the criminal justice system and scathing inexorable torment from the public Woe to the Missoula victim whose rapist happens to be a revered “Griz” Krakauer presented staggering statistics that no doubt will enrage and stun most readers to the core and painted a damning portrait of the criminal justice system The crime is disgracefully handled almost across the board and that is a crime in itself So many of these failures could be prevented if the complexity of rape and victims’ often counterintuitive responses while being raped were genuinely just understood By the end there’s one thing Missoula has made abundantly clear extensive education on rape is desperately needed for all As things stand now in supposedly enlightened 2016 much of the public and far too many police officers and lawyers remain disturbingly misinformed It must be stated that because Missoula addresses shortcomings in how the criminal justice system handles rape it’s focused on a handful of victims Given the topic it has to be This is not to say however that it’s biased The other side didn’t get the short end of the stick; very much on the contrary Every little fact was included Both sides were depicted fully Court transcripts were presented verbatim All research was meticulous to a fault Like all of Krakauer’s books in recent years Missoula is investigative Krakauer’s ability to remain dispassionate is one of the things that makes his writing so wondrous Don’t shelve Missoula on the to read list and allow it languish alongside that forgotten book you shelved in 2008 and the “should read” classic you know you’ll never read The time for this book is now Complementary documentary viewing Audrie and Daisy Following is a very short article about campus rape Specifically it concerns “a campaign called ‘Unacceptable Acceptance Letters’ which is an imagining in video form of what it would look like if colleges owned up to the problem of rape on their campuses and how they’re failing to address it right off the bat” Please read and watch May 27 2016 Shades of Missoula Baylor University Demotes President Kenneth Starr Over Handling of Sex Assault CasesUpdate June 9 2016 Judge sentences Stanford University student who raped unconscious fellow student to just six months in jail because a harsher penalty would have a 'severe impact' on the aspiring athlete March 25 2017 Nearly 15% of female undergraduates at UT Austin report being raped November 7 2019 Why I Froze and Smiled During My Sexual Assault

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