Instaread Summary of Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, by Jon Krakauer
Five out of five stars
If the Penn State scandal regarding the sexual abuse of boys by a coach and the lengthy cover-up tells us anything it is that there are people that will tolerate anything in order to have a winning sports team. Even with eyewitness reports regarding children that cannot possibly give their consent to sexual acts, people still refused to accept institutional punishment for the culture of denial and protection of the Penn State football program. This culture was also present at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana and is described in the book being summarized.
The events in the book deal with many rapes that took place on the University of Montana campus and how most of them were covered up, dismissed after limited investigation or simply ignored. The summary is fascinating in the descriptions of how the women were treated, especially when they accused a member of the football team of rape.
The reader of this summary is given strong incentive to read the complete book when they encounter the descriptions of some of the events. They are troubling to read, for the women were victimized by the rapist and an often unsympathetic or even intolerant system of reporting and justice.
Yet, there is also the mention of some of the ambiguities that can exist in sexual situations. One that is darkly amusing that occurs in the summary is the issue of the woman moaning. While there was no dispute that the victim moaned, the point of contention was whether they were moans of pleasure or moans of pain or discomfort. Obviously the rapist would interpret them as those of pleasure.
Despite all that has been done to make the world women live in more free of the dangers of sexual assault, it is still more common than generally thought. The system of protection and recovery is still extremely porous and ineffective. Reading this summary will snap your mind to attention about a problem that is far more serious than you may think, sometimes in the places where we believe human rights are taken the most seriously, college campuses.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.