by Jon Krakauer
Editor: Alfred A. Knopf
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Missoula, Montana, is typical of a college in the city, home to much appreciated state university whose beloved football team inspires a passionate base of loyal fansBetween January 2008 and May 2012, hundreds of students reported sexual assault to local policeFew cases have been duly dealt with by the university or local authoritiesIn this, Missoula is also typicalIn these pages, famous journalist Jon Krakauer investigates a series of rape campuses that took place in Missoula over a four-year periodTaking the city as a case study for a crime that is unfortunately not widespread throughout the nation, Krakauer documents the experiences of five victims: their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; scepticism towards them by police, prosecutors, and the public; their bravery in pushing forward and what it costsThese stories cut through summary ideological debates on rape by an acquaintance to demonstrate that this will not happen because women are mixed signals or seek attentionThey are the victims of a terrible crime, worthy of the fairness of our justice system.Rigorously documented, rendered in incisive prose, Missoula stands as an essential means of calling to action
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