As this brave student protested her alleged sex assault at her graduation this week, someone else was plotting to discredit her.
Emma Sulkowicz made international headlines last year, after she started carrying her mattress around her university to protest the mishandling of her alleged rape, which occurred on campus at Columbia.
Sulkowicz swore she would carry her mattress with her, as a form of protest art, until her alleged rapist was properly disciplined.
This week, Sulkowicz graduated from Columbia University– and because her alleged rapist was still there at graduation, so was her mattress.
But while many were celebrating the survivor’s courage, a disgraceful plot to undermine and victim-blame her was underway.
Following the graduation ceremony on Tuesday, posters appeared around New York City calling Emma a “pretty little liar”. The posters featured an image of Emma and her mattress alongside the caption #rapehoax.
It is unknown who is behind the attack, but it appears to be associated with a new Twitter account, @FakeRape.
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The account is yet another attempt in a string of previous efforts to discredit Emma’s allegations: Reports of this victim-blaming incident come after the NY Times revealed Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger refused to shake Emma’s hand when she graduated — even though he shook the hands of every other student, including her alleged rapist.
The man accused of raping Emma also graduated yesterday, and his family released a statement calling the mattress protest “a nightmare.”
“Responsible for this nightmare is not just the woman, who received an academic degree for the attempt to shame Paul away from campus, but even more at fault is the University that conferred this degree,” the statement read.
Mamamia previously reported…
Emma Sulkowicz vowed to carry a mattress around her university until her rapist was expelled.
And because he was still there at graduation, so was her mattress.