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This Female Student Is Carrying Her Mattress Everywhere Until Her Rapist Is Expelled

Maria Bell
by Maria Bell Published on September 3, 2014

Emma Sulkowicz says she was raped on her first day of sophomore year at Columbia University. Since then she has been trying to convince her faculty and college administrators that what happened actually was rape and that her rapist should face the consequences - not her. After the usual channels failed, she decided to do something different...

While the rest of her peers spent their college days studying and partying, Emma has been trying to convince Columbia University to expel her alleged rapist. Despite the fact two other students have accused the same male student of raping them.

Emma says: “I was raped in my own dorm bed and since then that’s basically become fraught for me. And I feel like I’ve carried the weight of what happened with me everywhere since then.”

So, as part of her senior thesis for her major in visual arts and in protest of her college's failings, she is standing up for what she believes in. She says she will "?be carrying my mattress everywhere I go for as along as I attend the same school as my rapist.” ?

She hopes that by doing so, more people will be aware of cases like hers and force Columbia to reassess their policy towards rape on campus. Emma is one of 23 students who have filed a federal Title IX complaint against the university for mishandling assault cases last April.

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