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Who Is Jon Krakauer's 13 Reasons Why?

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It happens more often than none; that incessant blaring coming from our IPhones when a timely warning has been issued at University Park in regards to a rape or forceful sex offense on campus. We slide open our phones, check to see the details of the warning, and then close our screens to continue on with our day. However, although we may seem unaffected by the warning, someone’s life has become completely altered and turned upside down. In his powerful and tear-jerking narrative, Missoula, Jon Krakauer becomes the voice behind those involved in these tragic and nauseating cases that we are quick to bypass as just timely warnings. As a journalist, Krakauer’s main mission is to give a voice to the voiceless and shed light on the injustices …show more content…
Right after finishing the show, I instantly found the comparison between Missoula and Krakauer’s style of reporting to the producer of the show, Joseph Incaprera. Both men decided to not sugar coat any part of the topic of rape or rape culture. I felt just as uncomfortable reading Missoula as I did watching 13 Reasons Why, and that is how I know both told the stories of these young women effectively and with passion. A person should feel uncomfortable when hearing the word rape, and an effective narrative should provoke anger into the soul. A football player or honored member of a college campus raping a woman and getting away with the crime is not just a television show plotline, it is an actual event that has happened multiple times. Missoula also reminded me of a rape case that occurred back in 2012, when trophy-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston, assaulted a young woman at Florida State University. Yet, according to Times Magazine, “The police did not follow the obvious leads that would have quickly identified the suspect as well as witnesses, one of whom videotaped part of the sexual encounter” (Times). Is it because they had doubts of the allegations brought forth by the young women, or is it because the university wanted to protect their golden player and their status as a credible football team? …show more content…
However, a lot of the time the woman is belittled and made to believe that the rape was her fault and is brain washed to think that she did something to provoke a sexual attack. In chapter 23 of Missoula, Krakauer describes the questioning scene between the victim, Cecilia Washburn and Montana Assistant Attorney General Joel Thompson. After the attorney was finished with his part of the trial, David Paoli was given the opportunity to cross-examine the victim. His questions were nothing short of vindictive- questioning Washburn on her overall motives the night she was attacked. He tore her apart until she led herself to believe that the rape was all her fault. “Maybe it was the clothes I was wearing, us making out, or me taking off my shirt that made Jordan think I wanted to have sex,” are the words that stumbled out of Washburn’s mouth (Krakauer, 248). She is not the only one who has been looked down upon during a trial or made to believe that she was the reason for the terrible crime. Millions of women are afraid of this same belittlement. Being a soon to be sophomore in college, I have gathered my first year experiences on the nightlife, party atmosphere, and overall frat culture. If I were to sum up the feeling of walking into a frat party and

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