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Why a Sexual Assault Victim Carries a Mattress to Classes

Posted on Sep 19, 2014

No Means NoColumbia University student Emma Sulkowicz is bringing awareness to how sexual assault cases are handled on campus. While most students walk around with backpacks or books, this campus senior carries a twin-size dorm room mattress everywhere she goes.

Why is she doing this? Sulkowicz, 21, claims she was assaulted the first day of her sophomore year, but the case against her alleged rapist was dismissed.

 “I will be carrying this dorm room mattress with me everywhere I go for as long as I attend the same school as my rapist,” the visual arts major says in a video that is part of her senior thesis. “I feel like I carried the weight of what happened there with me everywhere since then."

My Daughter Was Sexually Assaulted at College--What Should I Do?

We have already written about the controversy surrounding Columbia and other campuses on how they handle sexual assault cases. Earlier this year, 23 students filed a federal complaint against Columbia University for mishandling sexual assault cases. The students accuse the school of being too lenient with alleged offenders and of discouraging victims from reporting assaults.

Here at Goldstein and Bashner we take these sexual assault cases seriously.  We are here to help you. While we appreciate Ms. Sulkowicz's need to protest Columbia University decision to dismiss the case, it is our goal to provide comprehensive legal advice so there's no need to protest. We have assisted victims in overcoming the wrong doings committed against them by helping them obtain monetary compensation for both emotional and physical injuries sustained.

If you find yourself a victim of such a terrible crime, or you know someone that has been sexually assaulted, please call us today for a free consultation.


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