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US university student will carry mattress until her alleged rapist leaves campus

Emma Sulkowicz’s performance art piece draws attention to sexual assault on US campuses.

Until her alleged rapist is expelled from or leaves her university, Emma Sulkowicz will carry her extra long twin mattress everywhere she goes on campus. Part performance art, part a call to action, the senior at Columbia University in New York City says the mattress symbolises the very space where the alleged rape took place nearly two years ago: her dorm room. 

“I was raped in my own dorm bed and since then, that space has become fraught for me. I feel like I’ve carried the weight of what happened there since then”, she told the Columbia Spectator in the video below: