In Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, Jon Krakauer examines rape and Americans’ attitude towards it. His focus is on one small city – Missoula, Montana – that’s the home of successful college football team and his research is meticulous. Make no mistake, though, rape is a problem throughout the country.
Rape, it turns out, occurs with appalling frequency throughout the United States.
Most people think of a rapist as someone wearing a ski mask who jumps from behind the bushes to attack his victim but most rapes are committed by an acquaintance or even friend of the victim. Quite often, the victim’s testimony is discounted or doubted so many rape cases are not investigated all that thoroughly and therefore not prosecuted, leaving victims who are brave enough to report the rape in the first place devastated. We don’t treat the victims of any other crime as poorly as we do rape victims.
I found Missoula both fascinating and appalling. Krakauer shares details of actual rape cases and my heart ached because of all these young women had to go through in an attempt to get justice. I was angered at times and came to realize we need to have a conversation about rape in this country, especially on college campuses.
I listened to the audio version of Missoula which is narrated by Mozhan Marno and Scott Brick with Marno doing the bulk of the work. The audio of this thought provoking book is extremely well done and I do recommend it.