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: