The real life women at the centre of investigative journalist Jon Krakauer's piercing examination of an American college town's sexual assault crisis also have to rebuild their lives.
The women all knew the men who raped them. In many cases they were popular football players. The assaults were just the start of the young women's nightmares.
In Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air, Into the Wild) gives the victims a chance to tell their stories. And from police officers to lawyers to football fans in a town that worships athletes, strangers ripped those stories apart.
With his determined and tenacious reporting, Krakauer lets no one off the hook as he exposes how such a permissive rape culture is created and maintained. He zeros in on poorly trained police officers who start the investigation with the presumption the victim is lying and a legal system that is stacked in favour of the accused. This may be an American legal system, but Canadians could learn a lot from this book.
Missoula is heavy on reporting. Krakauer digs deep into court documents, government investigations and scientific research. But just as importantly, he digs deep into the true heart of the story — the deeply ingrained misconceptions about consent, rape and how victims should behave.