“I think the act of carrying something that is normally found in our bedroom out into the light is supposed to mirror the way I’ve talked to the media and talked to different news channels, etc,” Emma continues in the full video which you can watch here.
So, I just want to go into HOW MUCH Columbia and the NYPD has failed, and revictimized, Emma Sulkowicz.
In her school hearing, Sulkowicz had to explain to the three administrators on the panel how anal rape worked. She told them she had been hit across the face, choked and pinned down, but, she said, one still seemed confused about how it was possible for someone to penetrate her there without lubricant. Sulkowicz said she had to draw them a diagram.”
“Her best friend was meant to be at the hearing; Sulkowicz had chosen her as her one “supporter.” But her friend was kicked out of that role for talking about the case, according to Sulkowicz, in violation of the university’s confidentiality policy. As punishment, her friend was also put on probation and made to write two reflection papers: one from the perspective of Sulkowicz and another from the accused.”
FROM THE PERSPECTIVE
OF HER FRIEND’S RAPIST
– Two other women at Columbia have accused this guy of sexual assault/rape. But he’s been found not responsible in all instances, and is still on campus.
– When she went to the police, one officer said: “You invited him into your room. That’s not the legal definition of rape.”
– Another officer told her friends, who came with her: ““For every single rape I’ve had, I’ve had 20 that are total bull——,” he added. “It’s also my type of job to get to the truth. If that means being harsh about it, that’s what I do.”
I want to set literally everything on fire.
I want to quickly point out that this is the flipside of how the cloistered private university campus and its private security/police work to ensure that students aren’t held responsible for their actions while at school- non-students and neighbors are seen as a threat* from whom the students must be protected, while any threat posed to students by other students or faculty is ignored.
(see also: how wearing an NYU/Columbia t-shirt in NYC is a good way to ensure you get away with all kinds of public shenanigans if you’re in the respective neighborhoods of the schools)
*- which, see that dorm she’s moving in and out of? it’s actually built like a fortress, in part because it’s on Amsterdam Ave. / adjacent to, and not at the heart of, the campus; this is because Columbia is sitting on this weirdly income-stratified neighborhood, with lots of poor people of color below and above it and rich white people immediately surrounding it; and certain peripheral zones around the campus are seen as being Not Safe At Night/Not Places You Go Alone, despite, like, the fact that a) many students who live off-campus live there, and b) there are a lot of disincentives for fucking with students, chief among which is the NYPD.