This could have been the rare case in which a school throws out a star athlete for sexual assault. First off, I am horrified by our modern day equivalent to slavery, sympathize deeply with inmates (especially, but not limited to, nonviolent inmates), and wish we had a better way. by Doubleday, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. Don’t dress provocatively. Don’t seem distracted. “Scholars have debunked both of these articles,” Krakauer writes, correctly pointing out that better research has estimated the rate of false rape reports at 2 percent and 8 percent. Carry mace. Today’s Paper | ... “Missoula” ends up sounding only one cautionary note in a debate that’s becoming ever more layered and cacophonous. From the get go, he claimed that he was into rough sex and that the women had consented. A better mental health care system, vastly expanded social services, educational and vocational programs for those who ge, If I were to be asked what is my most inconsistent position, my greatest double-standard, the dissonance which keeps cognitively challenging me, it would be my stance on prison and sexual assault. This narrative shocked me; enraged me; then frightened me. Short review: Ban Men Longer review: Horrifying look at rape culture at work in Missoula, MT, but also applicable everywhere. Krakauer did speak to some female students, like Allison Huguet, whose assailant, another football player, confessed to raping her and was convicted, in one of the book’s bright spots. Although sometimes repetitive, a very informative read! The statistics are baffling and the procedures deplorable not only for the University of Montana, but the Missoula Police Department and Missoula County Attorney's Office as well who all failed to do their jobs. This book follows three different cases in Missoula, all involving the city's god-like football team, and the women they raped. Book Review. He portrays the women with compassion. “Missoula” ends up sounding only one cautionary note in a debate that’s becoming ever more layered and cacophonous. The scenarios discussed in this book were well researched. Was she drunk, did she actually say no? He was a radio personality on Canada's public radio who was dismissed last year after stories surfaced about assaults involving many women. Even now, when some colleges give date-rape workshops at freshman orientation, it’s safe to say not everyone takes it as seriously as they should. That’s a pretty neat trick, getting us to believe that. If you do not trust authorities now, reading this true account of the numerous unreported crimes and sexual assaults on a Missoula, Montana college campus will. What I liked most was the focus on how society often looks at the woman's actions. I'm doing a project on this book for my "Dark side of Humanity" project for English, and we're supposed to pick out the main characters. Why are you in my currently reading? However, I can't seem to narrow it down. Oh Goodreads, I did write a review for this. Krakauer reinforced statistics about how many rapists are never held accountable (90%) and how many women actually do lie about being raped (less than 10%). But after a secret review, the Montana commissioner of higher education restored the quarterback to campus and to football. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It was so compelling and infuriating, I couldn't put it down. I read it slowly, partly because of the difficulty of the content, partly because I read it in pockets of free time at work. Huh? The case against Johnson moved to court, where he went on trial. The boys, on the other hand, were assumed to be raging masses of hormones who would always want to be doing it. This book follows three different cases in Missoula, all involving the city's god-like football team, and the women they raped. If I were writing your project I would name those three and the victims, Allison Huguet and Cecilia Washburn. Why? He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil. And it’s not clear that he spoke to any prosecutors or police officers in Missoula, or to university officials. Apr 23, 2015 at 7:55 AM . I realize that Missoula was used as a typical college and that he. I attended Catholic school for grades 7 through 12, so I was just in time for “sex education” Catholic-style, which basically consists of letting you know that nothing is permitted: no masturbation, no sex outside of marriage, no gay sex (obviously), and, even within church-sanctioned heterosexual marriage, no birth control. Washburn’s male housemate was in the living room just outside her door, playing a video game. After Washburn testified, an expert explained why victims who are raped by a person they trusted sometimes freeze or act on autopilot, as they try to stave off the trauma with denial. One gave her rapist a ride home. University procedures should “swiftly identify student offenders and prevent them from reoffending, while simultaneously safeguarding the rights of the accused,” he writes, asserting that this “will be difficult, but it’s not rocket science.”. The first half of the book is much stronger. While the trial was going on, I listened to the audio version of Missoula, in which Jon Krakauer focuses on a number sexual assault cases in Missoula, Montana. He said they then had consensual sex. This is another message women get at a young age—we’ve all gotten long lists of things we should and shouldn’t do if we want to avoid being raped: Don’t talk to people you don’t know. I learned through these pages that trauma causes what may seem like bizarre actions, but are very typical. For me, Krakauer has written some great books and some frustrating books. A better mental health care system, vastly expanded social services, educational and vocational programs for those who get caught up in the legal grind, proper healthcare, dramatically reduced sentences, no jail time for drugs or solicitation or any other victimless crime, reintegration efforts on a massive scale, etc.