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Missoula

Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
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From best-selling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana - stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape.

Missoula, Montana, is a typical college town, with a highly regarded state university, bucolic surroundings, a lively social scene, and an excellent football team - the Grizzlies - with a rabid fan base.

The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In this Missoula is also typical.

A DOJ report released in December of 2014 estimates 110,000 women between the ages of 18 and 24 are raped each year. Krakauer's devastating narrative of what happened in Missoula makes clear why rape is so prevalent on American campuses and why rape victims are so reluctant to report assault.

Acquaintance rape is a crime like no other. Unlike burglary or embezzlement or any other felony, the victim often comes under more suspicion than the alleged perpetrator. This is especially true if the victim is sexually active, if she had been drinking prior to the assault - and if the man she accuses plays on a popular sports team. The vanishingly small but highly publicized incidents of false accusations are often used to dismiss her claims in the press. If the case goes to trial, the woman's entire personal life becomes fair game for defense attorneys.

This brutal reality goes a long way toward explaining why acquaintance rape is the most underreported crime in America. In addition to physical trauma, its victims often suffer devastating psychological damage that leads to feelings of shame, emotional paralysis, and stigmatization. PTSD rates for rape victims are estimated to be 50 percent - higher than soldiers returning from war.

©2015 Jon Krakauer (P)2015 Random House Audio

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"...Mozhan Marno proves a great choice. Her commanding tone and cadence keep the flow between paragraphs. Where the text suggests it, she imbues hints of emotion without being heavy-handed. She also provides vocal characterizations that are in line with Krakauer's portrayals. Her most powerful delivery comes in women's firsthand accounts of their sexual assaults." ( AudioFile)

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  • Cynthia
  • 02/05/2015

Without Consent

"Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town" (2015) is a meticulously researched, carefully written, engaging listen. It's also relentlessly horrifying and enraging.

Jon Krakauer is an outstanding investigative journalist and sometimes literally puts himself into the story, as he did in his 1997 book, "Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster." Although Krakauer must have been present for part of the judicial proceedings he described in the book, he isn't part of "Missoula." That seems to have allowed him an objectivity that's often missing in college acquaintance rape reporting.

Krakauer tells the story of several young women who reported rapes by university football players to the University of Montana and to the Missoula Police Department. The Missoula County Attorneys' Office was tasked with prosecuting those cases. At the same time these young women filed complaints, the United States Department of Justice was secretly investigating handling of sexual violence cases in Missoula.

Even though Krakauer's writing has been pretty even handed in the past, I expected a smear of UM, its football team, and its athletic department. I was surprised to find a lot to admire in how the school administration handled the situation, especially former Dean of Students Charles Couture. University students and the town in general were sometimes rabidly on the side of the accused, but Couture followed national standard guidelines and procedures in handling the complaints. The Missoula PD missed the mark from time to time, but seemed to try.

The Missoula County Attorney's Office - well, that's another story entirely. Kirsten Pabst, an attorney who likes to boast of her 99% success rate, was in charge of the unit that prosecuted sex crimes. Well, if you only prosecute the 12% of the cases that are sure winners, you'll get a good ratio. That's not the worst of it. Pabst left the MCAO in 2012 and worked as a criminal defense attorney for a year and a half. Her only major trial was defending one of the accused rapists. After that, she was elected to head the MCAO, where she's back in charge of prosecuting sex crimes.

No, I am not kidding.

When I was fact checking to write this review (writing Audible reviews is just a hobby, but it's a serious hobby), I found an article in The Missoulian, called "Pabst made last-ditch effort to delay publication of 'Missoula'" (April 15, 2015). The Missoulian said that Pabst tried to convince the publisher, Doubleday, that the book was libelous. She wasn't successful, and a week letter, she published a rebuttal letter on the Montana Public Radio website, mtpr dot org, "Missoula County Prosecutor Kirsten Pabst's Statement on Jon Krakauer's Book" (April 22, 2015). One quote? "The author wrote on the assumption that a prosecutor’s job is to blindly seek convictions." Krakauer's discussion of the duties and responsibilities of criminal prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys was thorough, nuanced and worthy of a law school class in Ethics.

Past's rebuttal mentions, "100% of the time defendants who can be convicted at trial will either plead guilty or be taken to trial" demonstrates that Pabst makes herself judge and jury, both of victims and of the press. Krakauer and his publishers ignored the MCAO's threats and published anyway, and that's good.

The book is extremely graphic at times. One of my teenagers inadvertently overheard a few lines and was very disturbed. Mozhan Marno narrates, and I do think a woman reader was a good choice.

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  • 06/06/2015

Safety

More than the horrific details that I expected in a book about violence, I was greatly taken aback by the almost equally disturbing responses of the adults who supported the perpetrators of rape--most of whom had confessed. If I can raise my son to commit himself to making the world safer for women, I will consider it an accomplishment.

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  • Carol
  • 07/06/2015

Disturbing

There are two authors whose books I purchase as soon as they hit the shelves. They are Erik Larson and Jon Krakauer. Larson weaves history and humanity into incredibly vivid and interesting books. Krakauer's work is generally a much harsher look at the most disturbing aspects of our lives.

My son got me hooked on Krakauer's books when he gave me a copy of "Into Thin Air." I don't climb mountains--I am afraid of heights and cannot go higher than two steps up a ladder. So I could not figure out why my son would want me to read that book. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. And I have read every one of his books since then, with the exception of "Three Cups of Deceit"--which I will get to one of these days (I just haven't been in the right mood for that one). I read "Under the Banner of Heaven" during the time my son was a ranger at Zion National Park, and it gave me nightmares.

This book--"Missoula"--is written with Krakauer's usual in-depth research, and his pull-no-punches style. Everything is laid bare, and some of it is extremely difficult to listen to.

At first, I thought having a woman narrator seemed a bit odd for a book written by this author, but I soon began to understand why it had to be a woman. I'm not sure a man could have read this story with the empathy and conviction of this narrator.

I'm not really going to say anything more about the content of this book, except that it is deeply disturbing, and I hope it will be a catalyst for a much needed change in the way sexual assault is handled in this country.

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  • Clive Hazell
  • 25/04/2016

Outstanding book and well narrated

I thought this book was an excellent outline of a social problem with serious consequences.

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  • Dr. M. Ghotbi
  • 12/05/2015

Just the 'kick-in-the-pants' needed - Superb!

Mr. Krakauer once again delivers a book so expertly written with truth as to stand clear and above the noise of our day. A heart wrenching topic that caused even me, a rape victim, purchase hesitation - but my trust in this author was warranted. He tells the incredibly complexity story of a community in denial and the young women forever changed. Thank you Mr. Krakauer. Read it America.

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  • Scott J. Cromie
  • 06/04/2016

Should be required reading on every college campus.

Brilliantly written and thoroughly researched. The justice system is inadequate to respond to the needs of victims of acquaintance rape.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 12/02/2017

Krakauer, A Crusader for Justice

Krakauer does it again and sticks his nose, where most people don't care to venture. Krakauer is one of the bravest men I know. He is a true investigator who takes on the people, everyone else is scared to touch. Just as I finished this book up today, the news has stories about Baylor, a Baptist college. An independent investigation found football players raping young women and coaches covering for them. This story is about Missoula, but they are not alone and it may be the norm for most Universities. The rapes are sickening, but even more gut wrenching is how the victims are treated, when they try to get help and get this stopped. The response of the football fans, is unacceptable. People who don't know the victim or the football player, automatically blame the victim. The fans hate the victims for messing up their football team. It is no wonder most rapes don't get reported. No matter what happens to the football players, these victims will serve a life sentence.

Krakauer took on the Mormons in UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN. He took on the military in WHERE MEN WIN GLORY: THE ODYSSEY OF PAT TILLMAN. He took on charities in THREE CUPS OF DECEIT. You can watch the feel good, get good ratings, stories on the news or you can pick up the latest Krakauer book and find out what is really going on in this world.

He also took on Mt. Everest in INTO THIN AIR and it is one hell of an adventure story.

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  • skiatd1
  • 04/05/2015

This book should be required reading

This book does a fantastic job describing the reality of most rapes as not being "a guy in the bushes with a ski mask on." It makes you understand the dynamics that happen with date rape and the effects on the victim. The narrator is fantastic. The second half covers a lot of what happens in the legal process of a rape investigation and trial but is equally interesting. Highly recommend this to anyone greater than 16 due to graphic nature.

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  • Stephanie B.
  • 02/05/2016

Astounding and inspiring! Worth the read!

Astounding and inspiring! Worth the read! Although shocking and disturbing, it opened my eyes to an epidemic I had no idea about!

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  • John Doe
  • 19/04/2016

a must read

So much better than I thought it would be. Jon's style is clear and engaging. I learned so much about something that I never really thought about. I do disagree that this is a new trend - I suspect it has always been there, we are just now starting to talk about it. Since it is now in the public eye, I suspect actual events are probably trending down (although still atrociously high), while reporting trends up.

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  • Astrid
  • 17/11/2015

sometimes too many details

The amount of detail makes it hard for me to stay tuned in. I would have needed a stronger story line to keep me interested. Great topic, extraordinary attempt to show trouble in the legal system.

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  • Julia G.
  • Nürnberg, Bayern
  • 13/08/2017

Grausam, großartig, für Betroffene extrem hart

Grausam und unaussprechlich schmerzhaft zu hören an vielen Stellen, und gerade deshalb sehr, sehr wichtig. Meinen Dank an Mozhan Marno, Scott Brick und Jon Krakauer, sowie an alle, die an der Produktion des Buches / Hörbuches mitgewirkt haben. Es kann nicht einfach gewesen sein, dieses Buch zu schreiben, zu lektorieren oder einzulesen.
Es ist ebensowenig einfach, es zu hören. Trotzdwm finde ich es sehr wichtig, dass Bücher wie dieses geschrieben, gelesen und immer wieder, wieder gehört werden, von der Gesellschaft als Ganzem und insbesondere von professionell mit der Thematik befassten Personen. Und, und ich sage dies mit Vorbehalt, von Betroffenen.
Als professionell mit Missbrauch und sexualisierter Gewalt konfrontierte Person macht mich das Hörbuch wütend und verzweifelt und froh und ich bereue es absolut nicht, darin Geld investiert zu haben. So schonungslos die Gewalt, die Reaktionen des Umfelds und die der Polizei und Gerichtsbarkeit geschildert werden, es öffnet an vielen Stellen die Augen, bestätigt, macht Mut und lässt darauf hoffen, dass Beamte, Richter, Journalisten, Anwälte, etc. ein besseres Verständnis für sich, die Betroffenen und die Bedeutsamkeit und Zerstörungskraft kleiner, scheinbar harmloser unachtsamer oder schlicht unangebrachter Bemerkungen im Verlauf solcher Vorgänge und Verfahren gewinnen.

Als Betroffene empfinde ich ebenso, aber mit größerer Wut, stärkerer Verzweiflung und tieferem Aufgewühltsein.
Hier kommt der Vorbehalt.
Es wäre töricht, zu glauben, dass alle Betroffenen (Hör-)Bücher wie dieses in PTBS-typischer Vermeidungsmanier weiträumig umgehen. Keine Frage, einige tun das. Aber ich vermute im Gegenteil, dass auf die eine oder andere Art Betroffene einen nicht unerheblichen Teil der Kunden für diese Art Buch ausmachen. Der Wunsch nach Verstandensein, nach dem Nicht-die-Einzige-Gefühl, nach Katharsis mag dahinter stehen; oder schlicht der Wunsch nach mehr Wissen, danach, das Unbegreifliche mithilfe von Expertise, Wissen und Ratio (be)greifbarer zu machen, dem Schrecken auf diese Art zumindest ein Zaumzeug anzulegen, auch, wenn wir aus Erfahrung wissen, dass das Pferd vermutlich trotzdem wieder durchgehen wird. Und manchmal ist es vielleicht tatsächlich nichts anderes, als eine ungesunde innere Themenschleife, die alle anderen Inhalte wegschiebt und unzugänglich macht.
Die meisten Betroffenen, die Bücher oder Hörbücher wie dieses kaufen, hören andauernd, sie sollten sich lieber nicht Medien mit diesem Inhalt zumuten, zumindest aber vorsichtig sein, wenn sie sich so etwas "antun", auf sich achten, die Lektüre unter- oder abbrechen, wenn alles zu nah kommt, mit jemandem darüber sprechen, und so weiter. Ich denke, ich bin nicht die Einzige, die mal mit einem innerlichen Augenrollen, mal mit einem Gefühl des nicht verstanden Werdens, mal mit Schuldgefühlen und mal mit den besten Intentionen zu Selbstfürsorge und Aufarbeitung auf derart gute Ratschläge reagiert. Und die Bücher dann trotzdem liest, die Filme trotzdem sieht, die Hörbücher und Vorträge trotzdem hört. Mal mit wundervollen Erfolgen, mit dem Gefühl des gestärkt Seins, der Katharsis, des Aha-Moments, der Kraft - und mal mit kleineren oder größeren Blessuren wie Verwirrung, Destabilisierung, Flahbacks oder dem Gefühl überwältigender Hilflosigkeit.
In Bezug auf dieses Buch möchte ich dennoch mit besonderem Nachddruck alle, die sich als Betroffene mit dem Erwerb dieses Titels tragen, und die sich vielleicht in meiner Beschreibung wiederfinden, um Vorsicht bitten. "Missoula" ist wirklich sehr harter Tobak. Bitte schaut gut und mit Bedacht, ob ihr jetzt gerade in der Lage seid, das gut zu verdauen. Und vor allem, nutzt es nicht in selbstzerstörerischer Weise. Die Gefahr einer Retraumatisierung oder des Abgleitens in unguten inneren Treibsand empfinde ich bei diesem Buch als hoch. Ich konnte dem Abgleiten für mich trotz Wachsamkeit nicht immer Einhalt gebieten.
Es kommen sehr detailliert Tatbestände sexueller Gewalt und der Umgang des Rechtssystems damit zur Sprache, mit aller Hässlichkeit, Feindseligkeit, Gleichgültigkeit, allem Hohn und aller Herablassung, die damit verbunden sein können. Wer gerade ohnehin verstärkt mit Scham, Selbstzweifeln oder Kommentaren von außen zu selbst Erlebtem zu kämpfen hat, dem / der würde ich davon abraten, das Hörbuch jetzt zu hören. Es kommt sehr nah und ruft sehr viel wach. Und falls er oder sie es trotzdem hört, bitte bleib nicht ohne Unterstützung damit und versuch, dem Sog immer wieder Unterbrechungen des Hörbuchs entgegenzusetzen, egal, was auch immer in Dir danach schreit, weiterzumachen. Wer wie ich gerade mit dem Rechtssystem in Zusammenhang mit dem Erlebtem konfrontiert ist oder war, bitte ebenfalls besondere Achtsamkeit. Verhöre, Aussagen, Kreuzverhöre und Kommentare aus Sozialen Netzwerken und anderen Medien werden in "Missoula" schonungslos konkret geschildert, und das ist einerseits großartig (mich hat es in Kontakt mit meiner sonst kaum gefühlten Wut gebracht) und immer wieder kathartisch, anderseits rührt es an ohnehin vorhandene Gefühle von Machtlosigkeit, Scham, Zweifel am Erinnerten und Schmutzigsein.