Columbia student will carry her mattress until her rapist exits school
September 2, 2014
While most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building – to every class, every day – until the man she says raped her moves off campus.
“I was raped in my own bed,” Sulkowicz told me the other day, as she was gearing up to head back to school in this, the year American colleges are finally, supposedly, ready to do something about sexual assault. “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.”
Sulkowicz is one of three women who made complaints to Columbia against the same fellow senior, who was found “not responsible” in all three cases. She also filed a police report, but Sulkowicz was treated abysmally – by the cops, and by a Columbia disciplinary panel so uneducated about the scourge of campus violence that one panelist asked how it was possible to be anally raped without lubrication.
So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”
As painful as I know the constant reminder of attending school with her rapist must be, I’m glad she won’t be the only one forced to remember. I hope the rapist drops out immediately…or better yet, I hope he faces the justice he deserves.
I'm honestly more appalled that your friend uses Grindr. That app is as STD ridden as a bath house tbh.
So many things that you just said were so stupid. All I’m gonna say is: From my experience, your experience on grindr tends to mirror your approach and what you’re searching for.
Personally, I’ve made some fantastic 100% platonic friendships on it. I wouldn’t be living in the city if I hadn’t met the friends on Long Island that I’d met through grindr.
But if you’re using it for strictly sexual or creepy endeavors, or with the expectation that that’s what you’ll be encountering, you’re going to have a bad time.
I’m so glad that the majority of tumblr feels the same way that I do about nude photos being shown to others without actual consent. The other day I was out at dinner with some friends and they were talking about grindr and one of them suggested, not jokingly and 100% as if it was something he’s done, that if you just want to jerk off you should create a fake account with a model’s picture and trick people into sending you nudes. Yeah. I thought I was going crazy when I had to literally break down for him how that’s not only morally unethical but also a fucking sex crime, because the terms of consent that were agreed upon were not actually met (him not being who he claimed to be.)
like yes, I agree, girls are 500x better than boys, but let’s stop pretending that straight girls are not giant homophobes 9 times out of 10, and do remember that they are absolutely prone to ostracizing, undermining, bullying, harassing, outing, attacking, and assaulting lesbian and bi ones
Me: #listen later #reference
PREACH!!!! It’s ridiculous that she constantly needs to defend her game to the idiots (casuals). This is basically in response to Derrick saying “Jon carried Neda all the way to the end, final 3 he sent her packing. He took the villain Sabrina” and some idiot on twitter praising Derrick for saying that.
If you think Jon “carried” Neda in any way then your a fucking idiot. Period.
Derrick aka Maggie 2.0 trying to come for NEDA’S game? I’m dying. Of all people. Next you’ll tell me that Sabrina’s criticizing Janelle’s comp wins.
WHY WASNT THIS NATIONAL NEWS?!
I think we know why.
If you follow the source and watch the interview she did, he had apparently already shot at the police and shot off a round in the office with her, but when he went to go out to where the kids were she called him back and tried to get him to stay inside with her instead.
He literally loaded the gun in front of her and told her that he was gonna kill himself and take them all with him, and she still stayed as calm as she was somehow.