Columbia Student: I'll Carry Mattress Until My Rapist Is Expelled
Emma Sulkowicz turns her senior thesis into a statement
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2014 4:25 PM CDT
Updated Sep 6, 2014 7:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Columbia senior Emma Sulkowicz says school authorities have ignored her allegations that a fellow student raped her in her dorm room on the first day of sophomore year. It's going to be tough to ignore this, however: The visual arts major plans to carry a mattress with her everywhere she goes on campus "for as long as I attend the same school as my rapist," reports New York. Sulkowicz has turned her ordeal into a senior thesis she's calling Mattress Performance: Carry That Weight. “I could have taken my pillow, but I want people to see how it weighs down a person to be ignored by the school administration and harassed by police," she explains to Jessica Valenti of the Guardian.

Two other female students have accused the same male student of rape, and Columbia authorities declared him to be "not responsible" in all three cases. Sulkowicz is one of about two dozen students who have lodged a federal complaint against Columbia over its handling of sexual abuse allegations. She wrote of her experience previously in Time and now speaks to the Columbia Spectator about her project. One of its rules: She's not allowed to ask for help carrying the mattress, but she can accept it if others offer. (Earlier this year, a graffiti vigilante began naming alleged rapists at Columbia.)

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Feb 21, 2015 6:22 PM CST
Raped during consensual sex? "Oops honey, wrong hole. Sorry, but you are so wet; You got me wet too. I should have noticed the tighter thrusting back. I'll hold the "reigns" tighter and be more careful. Please keep bucking. You came really hard; It was beautiful, mind if I line-up and finish? Maybe you can come again? I'll be more careful and finish in a few strokes."
Feb 11, 2015 11:44 AM CST
Difficult to arrest a person of rape when the "victim" emails him after the "second" rape to tell him she loves him, then asks why he won't response to her email. Maybe the rape accusation is the issue.
Sep 7, 2014 9:49 AM CDT
Visual Arts, I don't have any talent so I will move an object from one spot to another. Too bad the school won't protect the girls, but liberals always protect the criminal. Now if she were being harassed for having aborted a baby, there would have been riots.