Rape Protest: Students Join Victim To Carry Their Mattresses To Class Till...

Rape Protest: Students Join Victim To Carry Their Mattresses To Class Till Rapist Is Expelled (PHOTOS)

By News Desk | The Trent on September 13, 2014
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Following her rape, Columbia University senior student Emma Sulkowicz has been carrying her mattress everyday to class to protest the lack of punishment to her rapist by the institution.

Enraged by the lack of attention gotten by their colleague from the university administration, several other students on Friday, September 12, 2104 joined Sulkowicz in protest by carrying mattresses of their own, a report by Jezebel shows.

In addition to Sulkowicz, the unnamed rapist who was found ‘not reponsible’ by the school was said to have assaulted 2 other students.

The victim along with 22 others have filed a federal lawsuit against the school. Although the school has made little adjustments to the its rape problems, students have expressed their dissatisfaction with the effort made by the school’s authority.

As part of her senior thesis, Sulkowicz has decided to carry her mattress everywhere with her. She said in an interview: “I was raped in my own dorm bed. I feel like I’ve carried the weight of what happened there everywhere since then.”

And on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, a group of students and alumni decided to help her carry the mattress in solidarity. One of them said  “I like the fact that we can step up and share the weight with her — that she doesn’t have to do this all alone,”

 The protest of Friday, September 12, 2014 saw all participants demand the that administration make serious, effective change towards the treatment meted out to rapist and their victims with many carrying placards with the inscriptions “CU HAS A RAPE PROBLEM,” “CARRY THAT WEIGHT” and “STAND WITH SURVIVORS.”


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