Missoula, Montana //
In 2012, the college town of Missoula, Montana was publicly plunged into a rape case against two members of the university’s football team that ignited debate and divided the city, bringing with it national attention. The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012, few of which were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In 2016, writer Jon Krakauer turned his attention toward the town, resulting in a book that shares a name with the city: Missoula.
Reporter Stephanie Le Bars of Le Monde looks at how a town so dependent on its university recovers after suffering such a blow to its image, and to what degree change is happening at the bureaucratic level in both the municipal and university ecosystems.
Photographed for Le Monde’s M Magazine.