Jon Krakauer Releases Book on University of Montana Rapes


The federal investigation of the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont., began in the spring of 2012, when the U.S. Justice Department cited more than 80 reported rapes there in the span of three years. The investigation probed the way the university handled reports of sexual assault and rape, focusing on complaints that local law enforcement failed to properly investigate and prosecute sexual assaults.

The university of 15,000 students garnered national headlines, as well as the attention of well-known author Jon Krakauer, who wrote Into Thin Air, Into the Wild and Under the Banner of Heaven

Krakauer decided to write about the topic after learning that someone he knew had been raped.

"I was angry with myself to being so uninformed, not only about her ordeal but about non-stranger rape in general," Krakauer said in a statement. "I responded by doing a lot of reading, and seeking out rape survivors who were willing to share their stories. The more I listened to these women, the more disturbed I became."

The results of his research became his newest book, titled Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. It's set for release April 21.

The description on his website states that his "dispassionate, carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape. College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous, or drunk, or send mixed signals, or feel guilty about casual sex, or seek attention. They are the victims of a terrible crime and deserving of compassion from society and fairness from a justice system that is clearly broken."

According to the Missoulian, the first printing will be 500,000 copies. One owner of a local bookstore in Missoula told the newspaper that it's a large run, but not unusual for a Krakauer book.