Missoula – Jon Krakauer

Mar 11

Missoula – Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer’s Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town struck myriad chords with me. I was born and raised in Montana. I received my bachelor’s degree from Montana State University. I absolutely love my home state; the beauty and the sheer amount of friendly know no bounds.

College-age ladies are at a much higher risk than most other age groups. The newness, the party atmosphere, the freedom from home, and the booze are huge factors. I had a few close calls myself while in college, as did many of my female friends. I was always thankful that I managed to escape, mostly unscathed.

The women in Krakauer’s book weren’t so lucky.

The author tells the tales of five college students. Their stories were horrifying to read. The subsequent mishandling of their cases, even more disgraceful. Many of these cases involved beloved athletes from the football team. Some supporters’ attacks on these women were shameful. Sadly, I have been around overzealous sports fans who believe their guys can do no wrong.

I am not naïve enough to think that there are not gals out there who “cry rape” or are seeking retribution or are feeling guilty for acts they did go into knowingly. But that simply cannot be the case every time. According to this book, the Missoula County Attorney’s Office “declined to prosecute nearly every case of non-stranger assault.”

How frightening for these women. Hopefully Krakauer shining a light on this issue will help to give victims a fighting chance, and to hold the guilty parties accountable for their deplorable actions.


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