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Book Discussion Group: Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College T...
Tue, March 28, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
Read the book and join the discussion of Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, by acclaimed journalist Jon Krakauer. The book documents the experiences of five victims of campus rape at the University of Montana, Missoula to investigate a crime that is sadly prevalent throughout the nation. A Department of Justice report released in December 2014 estimates that 110,000 women between the ages of 18-24 are raped each year. Acquaintance rape, which frequently occurs on college campuses, is a crime like no other – the victim often comes under more suspicion than the alleged perpetrator. In addition to physical trauma, its victims often suffer devastating psychological damage. PTSD rates for rape victims are estimated to be 50% higher than soldiers returning from war.
Krakauer’s dispassionate, carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape. Whether the victim chooses not to report the crime, goes to the police and presses criminal charges, or seeks redress from the university’s own non-criminal judicial process, rape is a terrible crime and its victims deserve compassion from society and fairness from a justice system that is clearly broken.
Katie O’Laughlin, Librarian, Reference & Research, LA Law Library
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