It's not the creep in the bushes who should be feared most. According to studies Krakauer cites in the book, more than 80% of rapes are non-stranger rapes. Females age 16-24 face a higher risk of being sexually assaulted than any others. Rape is the most under-reported serious crime in the nation. When someone is raped in this country, more than 90% of the time the rapist gets away with the crime.
He looks closely at the University of Montana's disciplinary process in several cases, as well as examining the criminal justice system in a highly publicized trial in which a popular football player was charged with raping a fellow student.