Columbia Student to ‘Carry That Weight’ of Sexual Assault to State of the Union Address


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The goal of Emma Sulkowicz’s Columbia University senior thesis, which involved carrying her dorm room mattress with her everywhere, was to raise awareness about the school’s alleged mishandling of her sexual assault claim. Now, four months after launching the widely publicized “Carry That Weight” project at the start of last semester, Sulkowicz is no longer just protesting the policies that kept her alleged rapist from facing punishment. She has taken her cause nationwide, advocating to strengthen laws against sexual assault on all college campuses.

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