Violence in Missoula

by William Skink

What the hell is going on in Missoula? There has been a disturbing amount of violence this month, with 3 reported rapes alleged to have occurred in just the past week.

Not all the violence makes headlines, and not all the violence even gets reported. There are more headlines coming.

Part of what’s happening is the combination of two factors: addiction and homelessness. When those two factors combine, the resulting vulnerability can be viciously exploited by predators. Is that some of what’s happening?

I don’t know. I’m in the weeds with this so maybe my perception is skewed. Sometimes I miss my youthful ignorance.

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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