Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air is one of my favorite books, one that I can read again and again. Into Thin Air made me a Jon Krakauer fan and I’ve read all of his books now. 

Missoula is his latest, and he researches the rapes and aftermath of several women in Missoula, Montana. He delves into the circumstances around the rapes, the responses of police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the public who were on the sides of the accused rapists (the men were also football stars at the local university).

Fascinating and disturbing. I feel like I have a better understanding of what some of the emotional aftermath for a rape victim looks like afterwards and the toll it takes in the weeks and years afterwards.

This is a heavy read, but I would recommend that these groups read this book:

  1. All young women heading off to college.
  2. All young men heading off to college.
  3. Their parents.
  4. All campus and residential staff.

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