Rape protest Mattress was brought to graduation by Colombia student

Rape protest Mattress was brought to graduation by Colombia student

A Columbian student Emma Sulkowicz, who said she was raped on a first day of her sophomore year, brought the mattress with her as she walked across the stage during the graduation ceremony.

A Columbian student Emma Sulkowicz, who said she was raped on a first day of her sophomore year, brought the mattress with her as she walked across the stage during the graduation ceremony.

She was carried that mattress around the campus during the whole year to raise awareness of sexual assault.

Sulkowicz said that the young girl’s abuser was dismissed and allowed to remain enrolled at the school. A performance art project called Carry That Weight was set up by the abused student as a part of her senior thesis. The main idea of that project was to carry the mattress everywhere she went on campus during the time she was at the same school as her alleged rapist.

School officials stated that the large objects, which could interfere with the proceedings or create discomfort to others in close, shouldn’t be brought by graduates to the ceremony, where thousands of people were sharing with crowded spaces, according to Columbia Daily Spectator. Besides, it was said that the regulation hadn’t been implemented in previous years, so a lot of people wondered if the rule would bar Sulkowicz from bringing the mattress to her school’s class day.

Before the ceremony for the whole university, which was planned on Wednesday, Sulkowicz was asked by a school official to leave the mattress in a room and pick it up after the event, but later the mattress was ultimately allowed to be brought up into a tent.

The first speaker at the ceremony was Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who told Sulkowicz in his speech that she had held contrary opinions, held die-ins and sit-ins, carried mattresses and then added to the whole students’ auditory never to stop being neither academics, nor activists.

Sulkowicz’s art performance garnered national and international media attention and her senior thesis had even been sponsored by Columbia.

Paul Nungesser, who was claimed to be her assaulter, attended the ceremony after he had filed a gender-based harassment and defamation suit against the school. His job prospects were under the risk and also there was some fear that he and his parents, who live in Germany, would not be able to visit graduation because of Sulkowicz’s promise to bring the mattress.

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