Victims Standing Up to Colleges’ Poor Handling of Sexual Assault

New York Magazine has a fantastic article about a Columbia University student’s protest about the university’s poor handling of a sexual assault complaint she made.  To protest, she carries a mattress with her everywhere, to symbolize the load she has had to carry since the sexual assault and the school’s failure to address her complaint.   Check it out.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/columbia-student-art-project-protests-her-rapist.html

From the article:

Emma Sulkowicz says she was raped in her own dorm bed by a classmate on the first day of her sophomore year of college. Since then, a substantial amount of her time at Columbia University has been spent trying to convince college administrators, police, and even friends that what happened to her really happened, that it was rape, and that her rapist deserves to be punished for what he did.

Sulkowicz is one of 23 students who are part of a federal Title IX complaint filed against Columbia in April for mishandling sexual-assault cases. Though she and two other students reported that the same student had assaulted them, all of their claims were swept under the rug, and the male student was not expelled from campus………

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