Student Carrying Mattress Until Alleged Rapist Leaves Campus
Emma Sulkowicz said her rape case was mishandled by Columbia University, and her performance art piece is in response.By Lauren Zima | September 3, 2014
A Columbia University senior will carry a mattress wherever she goes, every day, until the man she says raped her leaves campus.
EMMA SULKOWICZ TO COLUMBIA DAILY SPECTATOR: "I was raped in my own dorm bed. A mattress is the perfect size for me to just be able to carry enough that I can continue with my day, but also heavy enough that I have to continually struggle with it."
This is part of her senior thesis, a performance art piece called “Carry That Weight.” Emma Sulkowicz says she was raped by a classmate on the first day of her sophomore year and that her case was improperly handled by the university.