College Students Around The World Are Carrying Mattresses Today To Support Sexual Assault Survivors

Emma Sulkowicz Student Sexual Assault Columbia UniversityAndrew Burton/Getty ImagesColumbia University student Emma Sulkowicz gets some help carrying her mattress around campus last month.

Inspired by Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz’ performance art senior thesis, college students and activists are carrying mattresses today to show their support for sexual assault survivors in a #carrythatweight Day of Action.

For Sulkowicz’ senior thesis — titled “Carry That Weight” — the Columbia student has spent the last two months carrying a dorm mattress around campus. She says she’ll continue to do so until the male student whom she alleges raped her leaves Columbia, either by university action or his own volition. Now, students at college campuses around the country — and the world — have taken up her project and are carrying their own mattresses to support her and other survivors of sexual assault.

As Sulkowicz wrote in a recent Columbia Spectator op-ed, “mattresses are heavy and unwieldy. We can only get through this day if we collaborate and help each other carry this weight.”

Many of the students who are participating in the #carrythatweight Day of Action are posting pictures of themselves to social media:

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