- Jan 28, 2009
this is just pathetic on Columbia University's part. lets hope she gets some justice before her back goes out.
visual arts senior Emma Sulkowicz is starting her school year off by carrying more than just a backpack and books around campus. As part of her performance-art thesis piece, Sulkowicz will be carrying her mattress around Columbia in order to protest her rapists presence on campus.
Sulkowicz says she was raped the first day of her sophomore year. She didnt report the rape immediately, but after talking to two women who were also assaulted by the same man, they all decided to file reports. She underwent inadequate and re-victimizing hearing process. She wrote in Time:
During my hearing, which didnt take place until seven months after the incident, one panelist kept asking me how it was physically possible for anal rape to happen. I was put in the horrible position of trying to educate her and explain how this terrible thing happened to me.
Columbia dismissed all three of the womens cases.
Last week, The Nation published an email that an administrator accidentally sent to a student, which revealed the universitys disdain for the anti-rape movement on campus. The administrator basically scoffed at the students request for more involvement in campus sexual assault policies